Kerry was born in San Antonio. His great-grandfather was the original James McFaddin and his father was Claude McCan. Kerry spent his childhood in Victoria, but every weekend and every summer he was at the ranch. Kerry was an officer in the Marine Corp heading for a career but ultimately he changed his mind and came back to the ranch. His father was a strong influence and taught him how to handle cattle and how to handle men. However, the most important lesson he learned from his father was an abiding respect for the land. “If you accept the fact that you’re not going to make money, then the main job of the of the rancher is stewardship, to continuously improve and protect the land.” When he inherited the ranch from his father, a bunch of the old guys came with the ranch. Many of them practically raised Kerry. “The patron system is like a commune with a dictator. You didn’t pay much, but you took care of them. This system is like feudalism, and it works best where there is isolation. That’s why it doesn’t work too well any more. It’s not the best of all systems, but it worked well here for both sides.” Kerry has written several books on the culture and history of ranching in the Texas Coastal Bend.
“I’m a flatlander. I understand flat country. It’s an awesome feeling out on that prairie. You see a lot of sky. ”