San Antonio Express | Michael Gualano
The first heart attack occurred when Balthazar was 35.
“We were only married 10 months,” his wife, Millicent Balthazar, recalled. “I didn't think I was going to see my first anniversary. Every single year was a blessing and a gift.”
They would've celebrated their 39th anniversary on Saturday.
“We were introduced and on our very second date he asked me to marry him. And I said yes, because I just knew. We just looked at one another and knew,” she said. “Love at first sight is possible.”
Balthazar died of heart-related illnesses on Tuesday. He was 73.
As a husband, Balthazar was loving and giving, his wife said.
“I had to learn how to pump gas just two weeks ago, because he always did that for me. When I was at work he'd come and get my car and fill it up, so when I'd get out of work I'd have a full tank,” she said. “He was always thinking of me and doing the little things like that.”
In 1995, Balthazar received a heart transplant. After a lengthy recovery, he became heavily involved with the National Kidney Foundation of San Antonio and the Texas Organ Sharing Alliance.
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