Kelly was raised on a multi-generational family ranch in Southwest Kansas, southeast of Dodge City. He has been active in the cattle industry since he was 10 years old. Kelly has background in large scale beef packing, feedlot operations, and other beef cattle enterprises. He is also active in the real estate trade and business consulting. He and his family moved to the Canyon area in 1999. All of his children graduated from Canyon public schools and completed courses at WTAMU and Amarillo College. He is a member of Hillside Christian Church and the Arena of Life.