Señor Ledesma was born in Toppenish, Washington into a family of sixteen brothers and sisters. He spent his formative years living and working in migrant labor camps throughout the Pacific Northwest. He is a Vietnam veteran. He attended Eastern Washington State College, now Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington, earning a BA and M.Ed. His undergraduate studies were in history, sociology and anthropology. His graduate studies were in counseling. He worked as a mental health therapist for thirty-eight years before retiring to write. He now devotes his time chronicling his early years on the road, in labor camps and in the migrant fields. He lives with his wife, Kendra, a high school mathematics teacher on ten acres in rural Sedro Woolley, Washington.