Christopher Arredondo

Christopher Carlos Arredondo, 53, entered paradise on Friday, July 22, 2022 in Arlington, Texas.

Chris is preceded in death by his husband Joey Funke, mother Rose Ponce Torres, grandparents Frances Tamez Arredondo, Gilbert J. Arredondo, and Ruperta and Gabriel Torres.

He was born on December 17, 1968, in Washington, D.C. at Walter Reed Army Hospital.
Chris had a larger-than-life personality, always happy, and lit up any room he entered. During his high school years, Chris proudly served as an upbeat drum major for the San Marcos Rattler Band and performed in school plays while in theatre arts. Chris enjoyed performing so much that he decided to attend Texas Wesleyan University and earned a bachelor of liberal arts and theatre. While in college, Chris performed at Six Flags Over Texas for many years. It was there that he met the love of his life, Joey Funke. Together with their talent in production and performance, they built an international award-winning, full-service entertainment and special events production company, Eclipse Entertainment. Eclipse is recognized as one of the most influential event companies in the DFW area and the largest theme entertainment production company in the Southwest. Because of their talent, Eclipse won numerous awards in the industry during its 30+ plus years of operation. Over the years, Chris made time serving his community on various non-profit boards and participating in major fundraising events.

Chris had an abundant love and passion for animals. So much so, he and Joey built a beautiful place fondly remembered as the EIEIO Ranch. The EIEIO Ranch was filled with many domestic and exotic animals, including llamas, emus, peacocks, chickens, pot belly pigs, pygmy goats, donkeys, cats, and dogs. Chris’ German Shepherds, King and Cleo were his best friends and constant companions.

Chis had a never-ending love for his niece and nephews. He would jump at any moment to spend time with them, especially on serene walks. He had a special bond with his Godchildren, especially Evan.

He leaves us with a legacy of a life filled with purpose and intention.

Chris is survived by his father, Frank T. Arredondo and wife Cindy, brother Frank Alex Arredondo and wife Cynthia, sister Kristal Rose Arredondo and David Ybarra, nephews Caden Matthew, Evan Lucas and Alexander Jacob, niece Layla Grace, and partner Chris Lawson.

A private viewing has been scheduled for immediate family and a celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

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  1. CandleImageYou were such a kind soul. The few times we spoke many years ago, you were very helpful in helping me look for a very specific ball gown for my daughter. You gave your time unselfishly to help me. You will be missed, but, never forgotten.

  2. CandleImageChris Arredondo,
    life moves fast, after our senior year we all had a life to fulfill, there are so many things I wish I could of said to you. Truth is you always made me smile, and laugh. Recently we talked about your animals, laughed about life. I knew you were hurting, I could see it, we both missed/miss our moms. Now you are with your momma, and your husband. Thank you for the times you laughed at my post and my journey about so much. I love you Chris. You will never be forgotten. Give our moms a big hug and kiss from me.
    tu amiga, y prima para siempre.
    Brenda Pena

  3. Sad for us to lose such a warm, dear soul too soon. Thoughts and prayers with the family.

  4. CandleImageSo sad for us that such a dear, kind would left us too soon. Thoughts and prayers with the family.

  5. CandleImageChris and the Arredondos are one of the first families that welcomed mine to San Marcos. Chris was always a bright, shining light that spread joy everywhere he went. I will miss his posts, pictures and affirmations, I know we all will. RIP with your dear sweet Mama and the love of your life.

  6. CandleImageChris I’m so sad to hear you are gone! You will always be the Perchick to my Hodel! I will always remember the fun we had in high school performing together in choir and drama, and the trouble we got into on that senior trip! You were so full of life and laughter and that is what I will always remember my sweet friend! Rest in peace darlin’! Love and prayer to all of your friends and family!

  7. CandleImageA bright light, a warm smile and a heart of gold. Gone too soon but never forgotten. Rest easy, Chris.

  8. CandleImageChris, I will always remember your smile, the jokes, your “larger than life” personality. The world will shine a little less brightly without you in it. May you rest in peace, and may your family find comfort. I know you have been welcomed above and are entertaining everyone there with your amazing talent.

  9. CandleImagePrayers and condolences to the Family. Chris gone too soon. You will be missed my friend. Rest in peace🙏🌻

  10. CandleImageRIP Chris, You will be terribly missed. The world will be less sparkly without you!!! Fly high and rest easy friend!!!

  11. CandleImageDearest Chris,
    We had just rekindled our friendship while planning our Six Flags reunion last year. I am in shock over your passing. Heaven is never too crowded to welcome a definite crowd pleaser. I’m sure you and Joey already have sketched out your next show. Love you immensely.
    David

  12. CandleImageChris,
    I’m so sad to hear you have left this world. Your passing is truly heartbreaking. I will cherish the years of knowing you from elementary to high school in our hometown, and being able to catch up with you again these last few years. I pray God will keep your family close to him during this very challenging time.
    May you rest in peace my friend.

  13. CandleImageChris,
    I’m so sad to hear you have left this world. Your passing is truly heartbreaking. I will cherish the years of knowing you from elementary to high school in our hometown, and being able to catch up with you again these last few years. I pray God will keep your family close to him during this very challenging time.
    May you rest in peace my friend.

  14. CandleImageWithout a doubt, some of the most vibrant and special childhood memories I have are the summers I spent with Chris and his family. Hanging out with Chris was always an adventure. He found all sorts of ways to make everything we were doing more exciting (and often unpredictable!) Rest in peace Cousin. I’ll miss you dearly and always regret we didn’t have more time. My deepest condolences to your family and everyone who loved you.

  15. CandleImageYou are such a special soul Chris. I will miss you so so much. I still remember being a scared little freshman at school. You made me feel so accepted and welcome. You and your amazing smile and laugh made everyone feel such love. I will think about you always my friend. I’ll never forget you Angel.

  16. I will miss you always and you will be in my heart forever, may the Lord be with you Chris, I will alway remember Mother’s Day for Rose & I , I had such a great time with everyone and Joey, they’re were a lot of good times, I will never forget ❤️😩😂😂

    • CandleImageMy sincere condolences; hugs, & prayers for The Arredondo Family, Rest in Eternal Paradise Chris.🌹🕯🙏

  17. CandleImageHey, Chris, I can just hear the rambunctious good times everyone up there is having since you arrived. Even all the little critters are dancing in the moonlight. I’ll be sure to look you up one day when I get there, so keep the party going! And keep carving out time in your busy day for those peaceful walks you enjoyed so much. I will always remember the “bug” costume you dressed me up in and the fun we had making that video. You were loved by many my friend and you will be missed.
    Love and light, NevaBug

  18. CandleImageWow! Gone way too soon. So talented, so young, what he did for our industry was phenomenal. It was always a pleasure to see him in person and get a hug and catch up. It was also nice to talk with them on the phone, share ideas, and discuss opportunities. A true heart and love of people and entertainment. You’ll be missed by so many and there was so much more to do. Rest in peace and Godspeed.

  19. Both Julie and I were shocked to hear of your passing…and still are! You made a huge impression on all of us whose lives you touched with your seemingly boundless energy, enthusiasm and zest for life! You will surely be missed, but at this age and stage of our lives, with so many dear friends leaving this existence, we realize our turn could come at any time, looking forward to seeing and being with you and all other friends again on the other side of the veil when it does! From my research and presentations on Near Death Experiences, as well as my faith, I have a strong testimony of the marvelous experience that awaits us there!

  20. CandleImageFrom the very moment I met you and Joey at Bras for a Cause, you both captured my heart. Your love and passion for life and all that made it beautiful was so contagious. You were always there to offer me advice when I needed it, no matter how crazy my idea/vision was, you always made time. I will never forget how excited you were that my son was graduating with his BFA in Production and Design, knowing he now has you as his “Creative Angel” to guide him brings me so much peace. I know you and Joey are brightening the colors of heaven and planning your next big event. You both changed lives, touched hearts and made this world a more beautiful, vibrant place. Rest In Peace my friend. Your legacy lives on and you will never be forgotten.

  21. CandleImageI fondly remember our last phone call. It was just a couple of weeks ago, and you were looking forward to the trip to Mexico. We talked about what was real – and I always respected that about you. I can recall marveling at how big your personality is, and how God really did great work to package such abundance into your form. You are a giant in so many ways. In radiance, in authenticity, in collaboration, and in vision. I’ll never forget when we went to conduct a walk-through in Dallas. You showed up in that truck of yours, boots ready and you were so excited about getting in there and doing the job. It was the essence of you. The passion for helping others. It was something you did so well, and it has meant so much to the many people you have served. When the Secret Service showed up with 15 cars, it was just another day. And it was…in your world. I can remember a late night chat one time. How hard it is to have so much weight on your shoulders as an owner. We knew that weight and could understand each other and I am grateful for those moments. I will cherish them. You always carried it better than I did. So, we must say goodbye for now. I know the parties up in Heaven must be epic these days, and I’m sure you are elevating them that much more. I know that now you truly are fine. I pray for peace and comfort for those who love you. May they feel your presence forevermore. May they know that your time here was nothing short of amazing, and that everything you did brought honor, respect, and delight to those fortunate enough to have participated. We love you, Chris, and we celebrate all of the wonderful things that made you so special, so fun, so loving, and so uniquely you.

  22. Chris, I will miss your early morning and late night phone calls. It was an honor to be part of your tribe

  23. Words can’t express how much Chris will be missed. He was so creative, unique, innovative and such a strong light/energy who always projected so much positivity. I learned so much from him in the many years we spent working together. I have so many fun/fond memories and am so thankful he was a huge part of my life/career with Eclipse Entertainment. I hope to make him and Joey proud with all that I have learned from him. He was a rare soul and always a joy to be around! Rest well Chris and say hello to Joey for me!

  24. CandleImageChris, thank you for being a good friend through the years. I have such fond memories of hanging out in elementary school through high school with you, having fun times working at Aquarena Springs with you, and keeping up with you by Facebook through the years. In particular, Susan and I have a great memory of dancing with you and Joey at one of our high school reunions. Prayers for you. Prayers for Joey. Prayers for your family.

  25. CandleImageSending the Arredondo family our love and condolences. May you all find comfort in great memories.

  26. CandleImageChris and I had wonderful conversations, and he would always graciously step up to the plate if I had a project and ask that he audition. You will be missed, buddy.
    Abrazos!

  27. CandleImageMy sincere condolences for the Arredondo Family. Chris will be greatly missed. No one lights up the room with that energy or will catch me by surprise with whatever he felt like saying. Rest in eternal paradise Chris 💜

  28. CandleImageChris,

    I was sad to hear of your passing. You would always light up a room when you walked into it. You had such a beautiful smile and sweet soul. The world is a lesser place without you in it. Praying for your family and friends.
    Love you amigo. Rest in peace.

  29. Rest in Peace, my friend. You were always a bright ray of sunshine. Your warmth and genuine demeanor will be missed in this world. Yer another angel to stage events in heaven!

  30. I am so saddened and in disbelief to hear of Chris’ passing.
    I have a rather unique perspective of Chris as I lived with he and Joey for about 2 years or so when they had the house on Burr Oak.
    Chris and I have been in touch throughout the years, more so since Joey died a few years ago. Chris is the ONLY person that ever broke my ribs with a bear hug. LoL (Seriously, and he felt terrible about it)
    He could make almost anyone laugh for almost any reason and had this knack for finding something humorous in even the most dreadful of circumstances. He and Joey were quite a pair! I never knew what I would find when I came home from work. There might be a goat in the living room, a squirrel in the house or ducks out back in the “cement pond”. Chris was so talented and probably the wittiest person I have ever known. I also suspect that as special as he made me feel, I would bet dollars to donuts he made everyone in his life feel the same exact way! He was a talented actor, amazing singer and savvy business man. Chris had this invigorating personality that at times was almost too much to handle and he lived life large on his terms! He probably packed more into his short time here than most of us will in 80 years.
    He and I had a chance to talk for a couple of hours not long ago. I know he missed his mom and Joey terribly. I would like to think they are now working on their next “big show” together now. (Joey has a head start so I’m sure he is laying it all out for Chris to make happen!) If Chris could dream it, he could do it.
    My deepest condolences to his friends and family during this difficult time. His absence will leave a huge hole in our hearts. RIP Man. I love ya.

  31. CandleImageDear Arredondo family,
    You are all in my heart and prayers. I did so enjoy watching all of you grow up and become remarkable young adults and I am so sorry for the loss of Chris. He was a sparkling light in this world and he will be greatly missed.
    My love to you from me and the rest of the Castoldi family.
    Peace and love.
    Kathy Castoldi

  32. My dearest Chris. My heart hurts so much as I write this. You were such a big part of my childhood. We were friends since elementary school and best friends from 6th grade to High School. No one cheered for you the loudest during you half time drum major performances then me. I was so proud of you. I loved you like a brother. We spent our high school years laughing non stop. I remember working McDonalds shifts together and having a blast because you made everything fun. I have always shared stories about you and our escapades with my kids, and they too are in mourning with me. After attending one high school reunion, I recall that you called me the next day as I drove to the airport to return to California. We spoke about how good it had been to see each other and to spend time together. We reaffirmed our life long friendship. It was a special conversation that I will always remember. Time, distance and adulthood separated us after our school years, but I know that we will see each other again in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ one day in the future. In the meantime, you will live on in our memories. Rest In Peace in God’s loving arms.

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