Crescencio Carmona, 81, entered into rest on October 16, 2018 in Manteca, CA. He was born on May 5, 1937 in Ciudad Anahuac, Mexico to his loving parents Nemecio and Hermenegila Carmona. He lived in San Jose for the last 58 years.
Chris leaves behind his loving children Christina Cirrincione of Salida, CA, Linda Eggert of Ripon, CA, Chris Carmona, Jr. of Foster City, CA, Anthony Carmona of Brentwood, CA, Carlos Carmona of San Jose, CA, his grandchildren Stephanie Longstreth of Salida, CA, Daniel Eggert of Fremont, CA, Gina Eggert of Hayward, CA, Jason Cirrincione of Manteca, CA, Nikki Cirrincione of Salida, CA, Jordan Carmona of Los Angeles, CA, Jessica Carmona of San Jose, CA, Alexandra Carmona of Manteca, CA, Taylor Carmona of Manteca, CA, Jacqeline Carmona of Ripon, CA, Vanessa Carmona of Manteca, CA, 15 great grandchildren, and his siblings Estella Barckley of Martinez, CA, Maria Jordan of Gilroy, CA, Mike Carmona of Sun City of West Arizona, and several friends.
The Texas Music Museum honored Chris for his many years of music contributions to Tejano Music. From 1952 – 1956, Chris was a member of his father’s orchestra, along with his brothers Mac and Mike. In 1956, his father, Nemecio passed the band to Chris who continued the band in Austin, TX for four years until he moved to California in 1960. This orchestra performed in Austin at the Avalon Club, the Sky Line Club, the Austin Coliseum and throughout Texas. In 1962, he formed the Chris Carmona Orchestra that continued for thirty years until 1992. The orchestra was a favorite in Los Angeles, the bay area, Salt Lake City and Reno, NV to name a few major cities. Chris and his orchestra opened for many major groups such as Tito Fuentes and Tito Rodriguez. Chris’ group made over sixteen recordings, first with the CIMA label and later with FAMA.
The time of celebration of the Bay Area Tejano Club on June 28, 2008, the Texas Music Museum extended its gratitude to Chris Carmona for his exceptional contributions to Tejano Music.
Chris will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather, uncle, brother, and musician. He will be missed deeply!