Nampa man celebrates second — and third — chance at life

Idaho Press-Tribune | Terry Lidral

Photo: Adam Eschbock

NAMPA — Bud Albers knows a thing — or two — about second chances.

The 80-year-old lifelong Nampa resident is the recipient of not one, but two life-saving organ transplants. In 1991, he received a new heart. Then, in 1998, he was given a new kidney.

“I’m one of the oldest living heart transplant recipients in Idaho,” Bud said proudly. “I got the gift of life, and it changed the way I look at things. I look for the good things — family and friends. I go outside and see what God has done.”

He served in the Korean War, where he met his wife, Rita. Upon returning to Nampa, he began working at Hopper Electric, where he was employed from 1957 to 1991. The Albers raised two children, a son, David, and a daughter, Diana, and were active members of their community.

Then, in December 1991, life changed for the Albers Family. Bud had a massive heart attack. Continue reading