Dr. Manuel Abraham Crisanto
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Dr. Manuel Abraham Crisanto, who left us on February 26, 2023 at the age of 69. Manuel passed away peacefully in his sleep after courageously battling ALS for the last 6 years.
Manuel was born on April 14, 1953 in his beloved Piura, Peru to Juan Crisanto Panta and Francisca Farfan. At an early age in his hometown of Tambogrande, Manuel shined academically and defied the odds by earning a place at Universidad Nacional de Trujillo to study Medicine. He met his beloved wife and lifelong partner, Esther Sandoval, during his internship at Hospital Regional de Chiclayo. In 1982, Manuel and Esther bravely left Peru to New York City in pursuit of the American dream and opportunity. A true example of perseverance, Manuel worked wherever he could while studying to pass his equivalency exams to achieve his goal of practicing medicine in the United States. That dream came to fruition after years of hard work when Manuel completed his residency at Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, NJ and moved his family to DeBary, FL where he and his wife eventually opened their private practice, Deltona Medical Center in Orange City, FL. Manuel proudly served his community and truly loved treating each one of his patients whether at his practice or at AdventHealth Fish Memorial Hospital in Orange City, FL and Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford, FL.
Manuel will be remembered for his kind and generous heart, brilliant mind, work ethic, and unwavering love for his family. He had an insatiable passion for learning and during down time, could be found reading the latest medical journals, news, or updates in pop culture, but what he loved the most was his family. Whether it was traveling, going to the movies, eating his favorite foods, watching soccer matches, or just spending time at home, he preferred to do so alongside his family. Manuel was a devoted husband, father, brother, and friend and always put the needs of others before his own. Manuel was also incredibly witty, and had unique, and often funny, terms of endearment for the loved ones in his life.
Manuel is survived by his wife, Esther Crisanto, his daughter, Linda Crisanto, his son, Michael Crisanto, and his canine companion, Cooper. He will be deeply missed by friends, colleagues, and his family in Peru.
A celebration of life will be held on March 11th at Lankford Funeral Home in Deland, FL from 2-4 pm. Manuel will always be remembered for his kindness, generosity, and love for life and family. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. May he rest in peace.