Dalton Straus was born in Medford and raised on the family dairy and cattle ranch in the small community of Sams Valley, Oregon. He enlisted in the Army at the start of the Korean War and spent three years in active duty. During this time, he met and married his lifelong partner, Ruth, at Fort Hood, Texas. After the war, Dalton and Ruth returned to the family ranch, where they raised two children, and embarked on a lifelong career in agriculture. After the family dairy ranch was sold in 1964, Dalton joined in partnership with his father and expanded their beef operation, which eventually resulted in a retained ownership program through to the packer. He and Ruth continued the partnership after his father’s death. Dalton answered the call for public and industry service. He served on numerous industry and community boards and commissions at the local, state and national levels, while continuing his military service through the Army Reserve, from which he retired in 1982 with the rank of Colonel. Dalton has been a strong advocate of OSU animal husbandry and range programs throughout his life, and has served on numerous OSU Extension and Experiment Station advisory boards.