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 Lavery: Just - I tried to remember when we weren't stressed to the max. Our honeymoon may have been the best time ever. I was just hoping that maybe tonight we could feel like that for just a few hours, let you remember how much I love you, how happy I am that I'm your wife, just like that night.
Ryan Lavery: Come here.
Greenlee Smythe Lavery: What? What are you...
Ryan Lavery: I remember everything. I remember it was going to be the first time that we made love as husband and wife. And I remember thinking to myself that my bullet wound was easy compared to waiting to make love to you. I wanted you so bad. I want you now. I want you right now.

Ryan: Do you feel that?
Gillian: Your heartbeat.
Ryan: OUR heartbeat.