About the Characters – the backstories (6/9/2021)
Dr. Frank Morton grew up as a military “brat” and traveled from base to base until he joined the Air Force himself at 18. Trained as a Para-rescueman, Frank is experienced in both sky diving and SCUBA diving. After graduating from the University of Washington, Frank went to work for Boeing as an engineer. He married Donna Sommerset in 1982 and the couple settled in Seattle’s trendy Waterfront district.
Frank earned his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering through a work-study program and in 1999 he was picked to lead a team of Boeing scientists and engineers developing components for the International Space Station. Two days after Christmas, 2000, Donna was killed in a freak automobile accident near the couple’s condo and Frank spiraled into a period of deep depression. On June 13, 2001, Frank was the sole winner of an $86 million Powerball jackpot.