Dr. Jeff Martin arrived in Pine Valley to help his family grieve the loss
of his mother, Helen Martin. He was especially worried about his father,
Dr. Joe Martin. Still completing his fellowship at Stanford, Jeff saw
his relocation at as a temporary arrangement. That is of course, until
he crossed paths with Erica Kane. Jeff’s sister, Tara Martin, warned
Jeff about Erica and her manipulative ways, but Jeff was smitten. He decided
to transfer to Pine Valley Hospital in a permanent basis.
1971: Even with Tara’s warnings about Erica’s
nature, Jeff continued to pursue Erica. Working the long days of his residency,
Jeff struggled to find time to spend with Erica. After an extended weekend,
Erica and Jeff returned to town married. Mona welcomed Jeff to the Kane
family, but Jeff sensed some apprehension from his own family.
Jeff moved out of Kate’s house and rented a flat. Erica was shocked
to think she was expected to live in his small apartment, but Jeff could
not afford anything better. Erica and Jeff struggled with married life.
They learned that neither really had anything in common.
At work, Jeff found a compassionate ear in his new nurse, Mary Kennicott.
Mary was interested in talking about what Jeff wanted to talk about. With
Erica spending more and more time in New York, Jeff found himself filling
those moments with Mary.
Though it had appeared as if Erica had given up on their marriage, Jeff
had not. Jeff was still holding out hope that he and his wife would work
things out. But, Erica seemed to intentionally plan more trips to New
York. When Erica announced her intentions to become a fashion model, Jeff
was hesitant. He especially did not like her agent, Jason Maxwell. Jeff
voiced his misgivings to anyone who would listen.
That person was most likely Mary. Mary and Jeff were spending an awfully
lot of time together. With Erica never in town, Jeff had more free time
to spend with his friends. But he was never happier than when he was with
Jeff was just a pawn in Erica’s game of life. Erica could not stop
speaking about Jason. Jeff was content with his life in Pine Valley, hear
his family, and close to Mary. Erica turned Jeff’s world around
when she collapsed at their loft. At the hospital, Joe told Jeff Erica
was suffering from an infection as a result of an abortion. She had terminated
the birth of their child without his consent.
Jeff ran to Mary. He was ready to cut Erica out of his life. Jeff and
Mary were spending more time together as a result of a special case at
the hospital. They had were treating an orphan, Tad Gardner. Tad filled
the part of Jeff’s heart that Erica had left by aborting his child.
The three of them were a family.
Mona sat down with Jeff to talk about his marriage. Mona helped Jeff see
that Erica was not being malicious in her actions. Jeff agreed, Erica
was young and likely to make bad decisions. He finally decided to make
another go at their marriage, but Erica had other plans.
Jeff arrived at the Valley Inn in time to see Jason and Erica in a heated
conversation. Jeff broke them up, but had a few choice words for Jason.
Jason called Jeff later to clear the air about Erica. When Jeff arrived
at his hotel room, Jason was lying dead on the floor. The police arrived,
and took Jeff into custody.
Jeff turned to his family for support in his time of need. His uncle Paul
served as his defense attorney. Jeff had to deal with Erica. Erica had
spread rumors that he was jealous of Jason. It would take her testimony
to exonerate him. Erica blackmailed the Martins. She would testify, but
only if Joe promised her a pretty penny in return. Joe was willing to
do anything he could to save Jeff. The charges were dropped. Erica’s
last minute negotiations finalized his decision to divorce her.
Without skipping a beat, Jeff asked Mary to marry him. They prepared to
embark on their lives together. Tad was already living as a ward to the
Martins. Jeff began the search for his biological parents.
Jeff had spent so much of his life wasted on Erica. His happiness with
Mary would prove to be short lived. She was fatally injured in a robbery.
Jeff sank into a deep depression. Everything in the Valley reminded him
of her. Jeff wanted to leave, but could not risk loosing Tad. Joe wanted
his son to do what he thought was best for him. Joe offered to adopt Tad
if Jeff could not. With his affairs in order, Jeff left for California.
1977: Jeff returned to Pine Valley and realized a lot
had changed. Erica was one of the first people to welcome her home. Jeff
knew he did not want to make that mistake again, and kept his distance.
Instead, Jeff was enamored with his colleague, Dr. Chris Karras. Chris
was receiving threatening letters. Jeff tried to help her get to the bottom
of it, but Dr. David Thornton beat him to the punch. He diagnosed Chris’
multiple personality disorder.
Jeff did some digging into David’s past. He found out David was
harboring a secret family.
Jeff did not hesitate to pursue Chris. David’s sudden death implicated
Chris as the main suspect.
Jeff had diagnosed Edna Thornton with a heart condition as a result of
poisoning. When David died, the heart condition had dissipated. A toxicology
report of David’s body brought up the same result. Jeff exonerated
Chris for the crime.
Jeff and Chris were free to see each other. By year’s end, they
1979: Jeff’s marriage to Chris proved to be as
difficult as his marriage to Erica. Chris never felt like she fit in with
the Martin family. She accepted a job in San Francisco and gave Jeff an
ultimatum: if he wanted their marriage to work, he had to follow her there.
Jeff was torn, having always been close to his family. Joe encouraged
him to give his marriage a try. Jeff reluctantly packed up and moved to
Jeff made his way back to Pine Valley as his marriage to Chris began to
crumble. They agreed to a trial separation. Jeff did not know where else
he could turn, but home with his father.
1987: Jeff began dating Brooke English. Erica turned
to them to help her stage an intervention for her brother Mark, whose
cocaine addiction had destroyed his life. Jeff was forced to confront
some of the feelings he still had for Erica.
Realizing how much his marriage meant to him, Jeff returned to San Francisco
to be with Chris.
1997: Jeff sent his star intern, Dr. Allie Doyle, to
complete her residency at Pine Valley Hospital.
Jeff and Chris’ marriage finally came to an end. Jeff left California
for Africa. While doing research there, Joe sent him a telegram. The child
he thought Erica had aborted was alive. The doctor that performed the
procedure, Dr. Greg Madden, had saved the fetus and implanted it in his
Jeff rushed back to Pine Valley. He came face to face for the first time
with his son, Dr. Josh Madden. He invited Josh to work with him on his
grant. Erica worried that Jeff was going to tell Josh the truth. He did
not have to. Josh discovered the truth on his own.
The ordeal and brought Erica and Jeff closer together. Erica was estranged
from her current husband, Jackson Montgomery. Erica moved into the Valley
Inn, across the hall from Jeff. One night, she found Jeff visibly ill.
He was suffering from malaria which he had contracted in Africa. Erica
helped Jeff recover. In a moment of weakness, she slept with him.
Greg was found buried alive. Jeff reached out to his son as he grieved
the loss of his father.
Jeff and Josh teamed up to hide Babe Chandler from the Satin Slayer. Jeff
was able to revive her after she was found strangled in a parking lot.
They hid her in a makeshift hospital, and allowed the rest of the world
to believe she was dead.
Jeff decided to return to Africa. Soon Jamie would join he and Jake there.
2008: Jeff and Jamie were reported missing in the Congo.
Tad went to try and find them. Dr. David Hayward had set up the ruse to
leave Krystal Martin vulnerable to his seduction.