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John Cortinas

John Cortinas

John Cortinas

February 16, 1947 – August 14, 2017

John was born on Feb. 16, 1947. He was the third child and the second boy born to Juan Cortinas and Caroline Cardenas Cortinas of Eagle Pass, Texas. They already had Ralph (Oct. 24, 1940) and Nellie (Sept. 30, 1942). When John was three years when the family relocated to California where Rick was born on (Sept. 13, 1953).

John struggled through school because he did not like it. At about age 12 or 13, John received a toy guitar for his birthday and he loved that guitar. A friend of John that lived in the area was from a musical family and was very advanced on the guitar himself. He started to give John guitar lessons. John took the lessons very seriously and wanted to learn all that he could. He became a real good guitar player.

Meanwhile, in school John signed up for cross country running and really began to enjoy it very much. He loved to run. He went on to break and set a few records some of them may still stand. One year he made the all-city cross country team and won a medal for second place, just seconds behind the first place runner. John left school in the 10th grade.

He switched over to the bass guitar and became so good that he started to play bass guitar for some local rock groups that were just starting out. He was also a singer with some of the groups from East Los Angeles. Some of these groups were: Thee Midnighters, Cannibal and the Headhunters, and Little Anthony and the Imperials. John also played in some of the recordings that these groups made. He also toured the East Coast at a young age with several singers before they were famous, such as: Billy Preston and Smokey Robinson. He was well known himself by this time and in demand by some of the bands. John’s band provided the music when Nellie and Rene were married, and also when Rick and Corrine were married.

John has 5 children: Timothy, Paul, Johnny, Amanda and Sammy; 8 grandchildren, and another on the way. He leaves behind his three siblings. His father died in 1991 and his mother in 2002. John marched to his own drummer and he probably played bass guitar for him also. He is now playing his guitar for those Angels that like his music. We will sorely miss John with all our hearts. RIP John and keep playing your song.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, August 25, 2017 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church located at 1835 Larkvane Road, Rowland Heights, CA 91748. Viewing begins at 9:30AM and Funeral Mass 11AM. Interment immediately following at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Rowland Heights, CA.

John Cortinas




  • Shirley Zaccarino Posted August 21, 2017 9:50 pm

    My sincere condolences to all of the Cortinas family . I know that there is a new angel looking down and taking care of you as you took care of him. God bless each of you

  • Lettie Galindo Posted August 22, 2017 3:56 am

    Sharing in the Cortinas family sadness as you remember John. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs from my family.

    • Nellie Cisneros Posted August 22, 2017 12:35 pm

      Thanks, Shirley. We especially appreciate your continuous support to our family. Your medical expertise during John’s illness was so valuable.

    • Nellie Cisneros Posted August 22, 2017 8:09 pm

      Lettie – We appreciate your thoughts and prayers. Our families have know each other for many years. John would ask about you and how you were doing. It’s comforting knowing he is in a far better place.

    • Doreen Garcia Posted August 25, 2017 10:03 am

      Prayers going out to the Cortinas Family… I do not know any of you, but my mom Lettie and Nellie have been friends for many, many years, Losing a loved one is never easy, but hopefully prayers will
      help the healing. May God bless you all…

      • Nellie Cisneros Posted August 27, 2017 8:21 am

        Doreen, thank you for your condolences to our family. Thank you for your prayers. We find comfort in knowing that he is home with the Lord and no longer suffering. Your mom and I are blessed with a special, long standing friendship and we appreciate her support at Mass yesterday. God bless you.

  • Corrine (&Rick!) Posted August 22, 2017 11:48 am

    Hey John,
    I know you’re up there looking down on us. Please give grandpa & Caro a big hug for us. We miss them as much as we will miss you. Remember what I always told you: You’ve got an angel looking over your shoulder. God has big plans for you. Remember us always until we meet again.

    • Nellie Cisneros Posted August 22, 2017 12:37 pm

      Thanks, Shirley. We especially appreciate your continuous support to our family. Your medical expertise during John’s illness was so valuable.

  • RALPH CORTINAS AUGUST 22,2017 Posted August 22, 2017 9:02 pm

    Hey John, Thanks for being my brother.I know that we were brothers before and we will be brothers again, but please take it easy on our family next time.You sure gave us a run for our money this time.I hung around just to see what was going to happen next.Just kidding as always.Love you bro.Your older brother,RALPH..

  • Nellie Cisneros Posted August 23, 2017 12:14 pm

    John, the paths you chose in your life led you in many directions – some far some close, some good some bad. But through your journey you always had our love, prayers, and mom and dad’s unending devotion to you. You were never far from our hearts. With the Lord’s merciful grace, he called you home. I feel such peace in my heart knowing that you are safe in God’s hands. You will forever be in my thoughts and prayers until we are all home in the Lord’s kingdom.

  • Sam cortinas Posted August 24, 2017 8:55 am

    Hey dad i miss you and know that my son little Anthony Misses you too i know i was the last one to see you because of my family that payed my way im so thankful for having a wonderful cortinas family and having a last name that you always tought us to be proud of thanks for being a good father and a wonderful grandpa i know you loved all of us and i know that you are in a better place watching over us please let grandma and grandpa know i miss them i love you dad i will always tell story’s to my son about you I’m not going to say good bye i will say i will see you when its my time love you Dad.

  • Amanda cortinas Posted August 30, 2017 3:40 pm

    Hey dad this morning I went for a bike ride, it’s been a while so I was struggling as I was climbing hills. What kept me going up that hill was my childhood memory of when you bought me my first bike that Christmas I was 5. You put me on the bike and said I’m going to push you put your feet on the petals and soon as you pushed me and let go I was so happy. So this morning when I was struggling up that hill I had felt you pushing me up that hill. When I reached the top of the hill I felt you again right beside me telling me to petal faster, kind of like when you went to Sammys cross country race and he was almost at the finish line and you were right there yelling at him telling him to come on run faster. Everyone has been wondering if I’m ok, because I have not broken down yet, but to be honest I think I’m going to be fine dad, you won’t have to worry about me, because I have cortinas blood running through my veins and I have your heart. RIP dad (talcasquan) I love you.

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