The First Family: The Martins … and Dog Josie

Martin Family

Josh is more artistic and laid back than his older brother. Jake is into cars and more competitive than his younger brother. The Martin boys like their music loud and in this order of importance: pop, R&B, and hip hop. Country music? The very question elicits protests of “No, no way!”

Wrestling is their favorite indoor sport. A lot of wrestling each other, to be sure, but if the teens can involve their dad, even better.

“I can take both of them,” says Jake.

There's a lot of music, wrestling, and some deep-throated barking at home these days. For the first time in 45 years, the Seattle Pacific University president's private home reverberates with the noisy energy of a resident family, complete with growing children and a Great Dane named Josie.

“Weekends and evenings, we love being together,” says Pam Martin, wife, mother, and half-marathoner. The family enjoys attending professional sports events, turning out in force for the boys' soccer games, and shopping together. One unfortunate “antiques phase,” however, left the boys glassy-eyed.

And there was the charter fishing trip out of Westport, Washington, meant to be a fun way for the Martins, who once lived in San Diego, California, to reacclimatize to the West Coast. Thirty-five miles at sea, some of them were decidedly queasy.

“Our extended families are concentrated in Kansas,” says Pam, who moved here from the equally flat state of Ohio. “My first Seattle impression was of the tall evergreen trees.”

As for living in the shadow of Ashton Hall and its 400-plus student residents, the Martins say they enjoy hosting students in their home. Pam, a former third grade teacher and children's pastor, smiles. “Because of our past experience, the boys are used to it. Josie's the one who minds.”