Joe Martin has been a presence in Pine Valley since All My Children's first episode. He'sa widower with two children who moved to here after the death of his wife. Joe, Tara and Jeff lived with Joe's mother Kate, while Joe went to work at Pine Valley Hospital.

It was there he met Ruth Brent, a kind nurse with whom he felt an immediate connection. Under normal circumstances, Joe and Ruth might have started dating, but Ruth was married to alcoholic Ted Brent. Joe and Ruth developed a strong friendship, with Joe often being a shoulder to cry on during Ruth's problems with Ted. But when Ted was killed in an accident, Joe and Ruth began a relationship. They eventually married...

Wife: Ruth Martin
Children
: Tara Martin (with Helen Martin), Jeff Martin (with Helen Martin), Jake Martin (with Ruth Martin), Tad Martin (adoptive) Grandchildren: Jamie Martin (adoptive), Kelsey Jefferson, Charlie Brent, Josh Madden, Kate Martin (adoptive) Great-Grandchildren: Sam Grey (adopted by Edmund and Maria Grey)
Mother: Kate Martin (deceased)
Siblings
: Paul Martin
Niece
: Beth Martin (deceased)
Daughter-in-law
: Carolyn Martin
Sister-in-law
: Amy Tyler
Significant Romantic Relationships
: Helen Martin (1st wife/deceased), Ruth Martin (2nd wife)

All My Children Quotes

Greenlee Smythe du Pres Lavery: How long? How long have you known that you love me?
Ryan Lavery: Well, I know - you know, I know I've been falling for a while.
Greenlee Smythe Lavery: You didn't say a word?
Ryan Lavery: I wouldn't let myself, not until I was absolutely dead sure.
Greenlee Smythe Lavery: That...
Ryan Lavery: That I could love you as much as Leo did. You remember that day in the park when you said that you were waiting for someone to give you that kind of love, the whole heart kind? Well, now I can. My whole heart is yours.

Ryan Lavery: I got halfway to the Valley Inn, and I stopped. What the hell was I thinking?
Greenlee Smythe Lavery: I hated that you left.
Ryan Lavery: You're my wife. You're my beautiful wife. I'd be an idiot to be anywhere else.
Greenlee Smythe Lavery: I love you so much.
Ryan Lavery: I love you. This is where I should be, now and always. Come here. Come here.