Colonial Funeral Home

625 Kitty Hawk Road, Universal City, TX


Crisoforo Sandoval Jr.

December 17, 1924July 31, 2019

Crisoforo Sandoval, Jr. passed away on July 31, 2019 in Spring, Texas at the age of 94. He was born on December 17, 1924 in Laredo, Texas to Crisoforo and Angela (Molina) Sandoval. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife Visitacion R. Sandoval; son Robert G. Sandoval and daughter Diana L. Sandoval. He is survived by his sons Richard R. Sandoval and wife M. Carmen Sandoval; Chris E. Sandoval and wife Lamyai Sandoval; grandchildren Adriana Garza- Gongora. Albert Tovar, Christina L. Anderson, Bret R. Anderson, Angela M. Sandoval, Alejandro R. Sandoval, Christie Knapp, Evan R. Sandoval, Melissa Leon, Lydia Sandoval and Cecilia Sandoval; great grandchildren Selika Isabella Tovar, Adalynn Grace Anderson, Amnistie Taylor and Mariah Taylor and daughter-in-law Marion Sandoval. Visitation will be Tuesday August 6, 2019 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Colonial Funeral Home. The Funeral Service will be Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Colonial Funeral Home. Interment with Military Honors will be held at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.


  • Visitation Tuesday, August 6, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 7, 2019


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Gloria Boysen

August 13, 2019

I am very sorry to hear of your family's great loss. May Mr. Sandoval rest in peace.
God bless.


Chris Eduardo Sandoval

August 10, 2019


We miss you immensely!

I know you are with Mama and Roberto & Diana.

I’ll continue my journey as you thought us, to be humble, compassionate and considerate.

To do the right thing.

We Love You!


Christin Sandoval Hoffman

August 9, 2019

Cont...He loved to see his offspring succeed. And often shared those successes with anyone who would listen in a way that would make them seem as though they had no faults. He commanded the heart of his wife. No matter how frustrated she might become with him her eyes were filled with love for him. He believed that in life he only had to answer to himself and God. So he lived each day to its very fullest. Grateful for each breath he laughed, he cursed, he sang and he made the most of what God had given to him. Now it is our turn to make sure we never forget the lessons we were taught through spending time with him. We must work hard and accomplish our dreams, we must be passionate about the things that we pursue and educated about the world around us, we need to gather in community, we need to care for ourselves,our families and others, and we need to sing like no ones watching and understand that life should be lived responsibly. I love you Dechi and thank you for all that you have given me, but most of all for your love and your legacy and your name.

Christin Sandoval Hoffman

August 9, 2019

My Grandfather Chrisoforo Sandoval Jr was, as my uncle said “A Man of Responsibility”. I learned a lot about him that I hadn’t known. Facts such as being stationed in Brooklyn’s Naval Yard and that he was the oldest of twelve children. But during the summers that I was given with him as a little girl I had learned even more by watching how he lived. My grandfather believed that what you did today determined where you would be tomorrow. He lived with intention. I could see this by the way he cared for himself, how he spent his money, and even more with how he spent his time. He exercised often and ate well. He believed in working hard to achieve your dreams. Through hard work dreams become reality. Without hard work your dreams will remain dreams. He believed in education. That no societal claim to who you are or what station in life you should hold could not be overcome by education. That education was essential and could loosen any stronghold. He believed in family. He took care of those around him. His sons, his daughter, nieces and nephews, grandchildren, brothers and sisters and in law’s and cousins. He taught me that family did not have to mean blood; that the color of your skin or your race did not matter but who you were and how you carried yourself did. That to be a Sandoval was privilege and an honor. He believed in community. He was happy to serve his country and honored to be a United States Naval veteran. He continued to serve his country long after his enlistment by working for the department of defense with MWR. He believed in being passionate about the things you pursue and to do them with your absolute best ability. He never allowed fear or failure to deter him from the things he dreamed of doing. He believed in himself. He loved having an audience but never needed one. He could sing his heart out to an empty room just as easily as he could to an auditorium full....cont.

Raul Casso

August 6, 2019

It broke my heart when I heard of Mr. Sandoval's passing. My Father Celedonio Casso played drums in his orchestra and conjunto for more than 15 years. Cris was all class, my family had a birthday party for my dad in 1998 and Cris came and sang till the wee hours of the morning with local musicians from Laredo. May you rest in peace. Dios por Delante...

Mike Sandoval

August 5, 2019

Uncle Chofo,
Vato, I am so saddened to hear of your passing, I will miss talking and laughing with you, you will always be my favorite Tio with the big heart and a thunderous voice, I always enjoyed breaking bread and drinking your beloved "Silver Bullets" with you and listening to your many stories, you calling me and singing me Happy Birthday, you were an extraordinary man who accomplished a lot in life and there will never be another, you and my dad were a real team, a couple of mean hombres who were always ready to rumble, he always cherished the times he spent with you, that was easy for me to see and I thank you and Aunt Visi for being there for him during his final years, please give Visi a hug and a kiss for me and tell her I love her and miss her, I love you man and will miss you, heaven is a better place now and has a new racquetball champion for sure, Rest in Peace my Uncle Chofo

Tayida Sitddhidetchdumgoeng

August 5, 2019

Dear Grandpa,

It was shock to me today to know a bad news about you pass away.
You are a really kind grandpa.
I hope you rest in peace.

Tayida (Tak)

Leti Vichareli

August 3, 2019

You and your family are in our prayers.
Sorry to hear of your loss Tio Chris.

Leti & Sam

Chris Eduardo Sandoval

August 3, 2019

Altuve hit the HR for you!

I Love you!

We’re here and know you are to!

Love you!

Adrianna Garza-Gongora

August 3, 2019

To my loving Dechi.... I am in a loss of words to express my feelings this day. All the happiness and love that you showed me. All the unconditional caring and the beautiful memories that we made(you, me and momma). You taught me to always be brave and to always move forward no matter what comes my way. I promise to continue what you taught me.......This has inspired me to be the woman I am today.
I love you very much
Until we meet again



Tejano pioneer Chris Sandoval was bom in Laredo, TX on December 17, 1924; throughout childhood he regularly won amateur singing contests, and as a teen, he earned a regular 15-minute spot performing on local radio station KPAB. While appearing at a local festival, he caught the attention of Discos Ideal producer Armando Marroquin, who offered Sandoval the opportunity to record a demo. His first sides were cut in October 1955, with the bolero 'Error" issued soon after. The record, backed by a performance of 'De Aquel Amor,' became a major local hit, and his career was off and running.

In the years to follow, Sandoval became a hugely popular interpreter of Tejano and Mexican songs, with a vast repertoire ranging from rancheras to boleros; he also recorded with conjuntos including Paulino Bernal, Wally Armendariz, and Rodolfo y Lalo, as well as orchestras like Mike Ornelas, Felipe Perez, Beto Villa, and Juan Colorado. Sandoval eventually joined Colorado's orchestra full-time, and while fronting the group recorded "Porque Eres Tan Mala,' one of his biggest hits. After Colorado's death he continued leading the orchestra, and later formed a conjunto with Marroquin and drummer Celedonio Casso.

At the peak of his career, Sandoval formed his own ten-piece orchestra, touring the Chicano/Tejano circuit throughout the southwest and even into the Great Lakes region. In 1961, he cut the first of two LPs with his orchestra, and in total toured with the group for close to two decades. Ultimately, Sandoval retired from performing to relocate to San Antonio, although he continued appearing with local orchestras on an irregular basis. In 1983, he was inducted into the Tejano Music Hall of Fame, cementing his status as one of the music's truly innovative figures.