J.D. Morton was a contestant on the television reality competition Pirate Master, in 2007.
Morton was born and raised by his mother and two sisters in Scottsdale, Arizona. One of his siblings is deaf.
Joe played football throughout high school and attended college for two years at Scottsdale Community College. At 20 years old, he took off to Alaska to pursue a job in the fishing industry. He spent the summer working in canneries and on a fishing boat.
He then decided to join the United States Navy and successfully trained at the Search and Rescue Swimmer School.
Shortly after he finished in the Navy, Joe saw a documentary on smokejumpers and that's all he needed to see. He attended smokejumping school in Redding, California, with the United States Forest Service and then transferred back to Alaska.
He bought 10 acres of land in Alaska and built a cabin where he currently resides with his black lab, Anna. He describes himself as free-spirited, funny and big-hearted.
His favourite sports are foursquare, dog mushing, two-man sand volleyball, body surfing, ultimate fighting and swimming in the ocean.
Morton was chosen for Survivor: Guatemala but broke his ankle a couple of weeks before he was scheduled to leave.
Morton resides in Wainwright, Alaska.