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Carman was a popular contemporary Christian singer and songwriter known for songs including “The Champion.”

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Published in Pine River Times on Feb. 17, 2021.
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February 24, 2021
Thank you for your ministry your love for God and sharing it thru your songs. Your songs touch many life’s and brought many to Jesus Christ. You will be missed but you are now with the one you served and sang about. Well done Good and faithful servant.
Elias Portalatin
February 24, 2021
My condolences to Carmen's family, may the Lord hold you and keep you during this time.. Carman changed my life in so many ways, now I am a Minister with 4 PhDs.. Heaven gained a beautiful Gem that day.. His soul winning songs will live on forever..
Sonia Langford
Acquaintance
February 24, 2021
I’ve enjoyed his music for the past 30 years. He was really a soul winner. I’m still shocked that he is no longer with us but his music will live on.
Millie Ferreras
Friend
February 24, 2021
Thank you for all the many, many, wonderful praise songs that my family and I enjoyed. To the family your loss is our loss and we love you all for sharing Carmen with us. Heaven is singing


Dawn Holman & family
February 24, 2021
One of my heroes the Christian faith a manly man
Derek Foley
February 24, 2021
Am so sorry to hear about his passing my husband and myself years ago where councilors at one of his concerts. So many young people gave their hearts to jesus that night. Carman was a very talented person and loved the lord so much. He will be missed so much but he is probably doing concerts in heaven right now.

Beverly Woody
Acquaintance
February 24, 2021
We first heard "Lazarus Come Forth" while language students as a family in Costa Rico and it gave us spiritual impetus to go to Ecuador as church planters with the saving, delivering message of Yahshua haMashiach to the people there. BEST SONG EVER. Thank You YHWH for Carman Licciardello!
February 24, 2021
God Bless!
February 24, 2021
sorry to have him gone so early in life. but cancer is not nice it is mean and I hate it my wife had cancer and it is all cleared up... I have been recently listing to his music again and my wife & I did go to quite a few of his concerts when he did the Portland Or. Prayers for his family left behind
Becky & Abby Kuhnhausen
February 24, 2021
Carman was and always will be a blessing to me. He is truly a man of God. He is going to be missed. Thank you Carman for sharing your talents. You are now walking on the streets of gold.
Laura Mabry Zina. Antigo Wisconsin
Laura Zima
Friend
February 24, 2021
We thank Jesus everyday for him bringing you into our lives. I was saved when I was 11 years old from the message of your music. We love you and you will forever be missed.
Tonya Jamerson
Friend
February 24, 2021
Carmen, I know you got to hear 'Well done, faithful servant' from Christ himself. Thank you for the uplifting music and inspiration for so many years. You will be missed greatly. Oh how Heaven is rejoicing to have you home!
Tabby Jones
Friend
February 24, 2021
Yo C, save me a seat at the table. Bruski
Steve Abbruzzi
Friend
February 24, 2021
I remember Carman back when I was in my church's youth group. My uncle(on my mom's side) was youth leader at the time. He and I took the youth up to Carman when he was at a church up in Branson, Missouri. He was one of my many favorite gospel recording artist. I'll miss him deeply. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and his remaining family that's still alive. I expect to see you up there in Heaven when God comes to get the rest of us.
James Smith
February 24, 2021
Thank you for all your years of ministry and sacrifice. You will be missed tremendously.
Amber
February 24, 2021
I missed my 10th year high school reunion in 1992 to go see Carmen in SA, Tx at Sea World. Well worth it! I'd do it again. I'll always remember you.
Chris Williams
February 24, 2021
I will miss Carman very much He had great influence on my children growing up What a blessing he has been God be close to his family and all who knew and loved him
Pat Nawrocki
Friend
February 24, 2021
How WONDERFUL you were to everyone ! Miss you already
Praying for your wife & Family
Jesus Adores You xo. WE DO TOO
LOVE YOU BRO
LYNN IN WA STATE


Lynn Malcom
Friend
February 24, 2021
RIP warrior of the Lord your truly an inspiration and meant a lot to me as a child growing up. My heart is sadden for your family but it too rejoices in knowing where your at.......♥ Rest with the angels in peace well done!
Christine Christensen
February 24, 2021
Carman was and will be a great man of God his music will live on for always be can a fan in 1988 when come to Greensboro NC RIP
Irene Lazcano
February 24, 2021
Our youth group used to put plays together to Carmen's songs and present them at church. I love his music and passion. Prayers for the family, know that he is now singing with the angles.
Keren Brown
February 24, 2021
I remember many years ago he came to Portland Maine. We brought 20 plus youth with us that night and many came to Christ. Thank you for your ministry.
Pam Sodergren
February 24, 2021
He was the best. God bless the family
Mary Dowell
Friend
February 24, 2021
My brothe Carman. My heart broke when I learned of your passing. No words can say what I am feeling. I first met him when he was 18 years old. He worked with my brother and myself for a summer. His mother was a very good friend of my parents. We were all so young.
We sang with each other. We sounded great together...but he had a voice that made us understand his gift from God.
He was going to be a gospel singer.
What? Yeah right. Well he did. We remained close to him his whole career.
Followed him...talked to him..encountered him through his illness. He was our friend. Never stopped being close to our family. We loved him...and he loved all of us . No mater how famous he became.
He was our brother. The very best.
We hurt at your passing. Many tears shed.
Now..you are with the Lord...and all of our loved ones. You brought joy to thousands with your beautiful singing. We will be with you soon. Pray for his family.
Thank you Carmino...for coming into our lives. God bless all those that you touched.
Ciao..me amici. Johnny...Junior..Angel..Valerie and Lana.
John FOTI
Friend
February 24, 2021
Thank you for beng A2J. Your music was (and is) inspiring, and will continue to touch lives. Revel in the presence... Sending prayers of comfort for your family.
Jillian Barry
Friend
February 24, 2021
Jillian Barry
Friend
February 24, 2021
I have been a huge Carman fan since the early 80s. When I got married in 2000, we danced to Carman’s “I Promise”. My prayers go out to his family and friends till we all get to be with him in heaven.
Russell Stidham
Friend
February 24, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
John T
February 24, 2021
I was first introduced to Carman's ministry through Higher Dimensions Church. I will never forget a Christmas Concert that Carman had at the church. It was so many years ago, but I still remember it to this day. Carman impacted so many people through his music. He will never be forgotten.
Sheila Byrd
February 24, 2021
A man who challenged me as a Christian to be bold in my faith. Your music is still on my place list. It still touches my heart.
Nadine Sadler
Acquaintance
February 24, 2021
This both breaks my heart and makes me want to live for christ even more
Ben Valenti
Friend
February 24, 2021
He was such a beautiful man
He will be very much missed.
Anna Carmel Mcmahan
February 24, 2021
We too in Canada were blessed and encouraged personally was by his music ministry. My own family would hear his music blast through our home as mom loved his music too. We are a ministry family and we shared Carman's teaching videos with our youth group and in our street ministry, touching countless lives everywhere. He is now worshipping with the heavenly choir and we look forward to meeting all the saints in the best family reunion yet to come.
Jae
February 24, 2021
Thank you for your ministry. See you in Heaven!
ANGELINA GIES
February 24, 2021
Carman had a great impact on my family. His videos were powerful messages of strength and hope to my children as they were teenagers. he brought encouragement and hope in a dark world of spiritual warfare. He reminded us all as Christians, that we are more than conquerors in Christ. The spiritual warfare that continues to surround us reminds us that God is still in control. Thank you Carman for giving of yourself all of these years.
Doug Taylor
Friend
February 24, 2021
I raised my 3 boys with your music videos.I loved the way you sang hyms....oh what a worshiper!
Rest well Legend, see you in the morning.
February 24, 2021
My sincere condolences to Carman’s wife and family. What a contribution Carman made on the lives of so many people. He helped many parents minister to their kids in a way no one else did. Carman and Rich Mullins, such different men that blessed so many with their unique ministries. Now they are with the saints! My heart overflows with love to picture the praise and worship happening now up there. Hallelujah All Glory Be to God. ❣
Robin Brown
Friend
February 24, 2021
Eternal Rest in Peace, Carman
restituta Buono Family
February 24, 2021
Thank you for living and walking out the genuine life in Christ in front of us. I salute you in Christ. Thank you for living a triumphantly life in Christ. You are victorious in Christ now!
A Trawick
February 24, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person who loved God You Will Be Missed. Rest in Heaven Carman It was an honor to meet you in 2016 at a concert it is a memory I will forever cherish
Charlene Harris
February 24, 2021
Of course I didn't know Carman personally, but like others ,(he was such a huge part of my life from the age of 20 to now 51)...I felt like I did!
I am so thankful for his ministry and sacrifices for the Lord. He truly impacted my walk with the Lord and the countless souls who were touched and saved.. Because he chose to allow God to use him as a vessel of honor. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. My heart and prayers go out to you...Carman we will miss you here on earth ,but I look forward to the day when I can join you in heaven and thank you for all the ways your life touched mine. I can only imagine the wonderful homecoming party heaven is having for you. You went through so much on this earth ,but it gives me peace to know you are finally at peace in the loving arms of Jesus! See you soon brother!
Tammy Kemper
Acquaintance
February 24, 2021
I saw Carmen in concert 1993 his music touched so many people for the Gospel
Salvatore Miller
February 24, 2021
Oh dear Carman, we all have loved You and enjoyed and appreciated your talent, your joy, and your love for our Lord, Jesus Christ so very much! Tell him ‘hi’ for us and that we hope He’s coming to get the rest of us pretty soon! In the meantime, we thank you for blessing us so much; and Carman, Rest in His Sweet Peace; and then sing, sing, sing His Praises as much as you wish. ♥ Karen & Crystal (mother & daughter) & Family.
Karen Young
Friend
February 24, 2021
I will miss Carman, sorry for your loss.
God bless and keep you Under His Wings, now He's singing with the Angel's and will Always be in our hearts!
Phyllis Robinson
Acquaintance
February 24, 2021
I really praise the Lord for the life and example that Carman led. The life of Christ really showed through the life that Carman lived. I want to wish Carman´s family my condolences. May the Lord Jesus be with you all during this time.
Christopher Cervantes
February 24, 2021
Sending my condolences to the Licciardello Family: Carm earned his wings like a Champion! December 16, 2003 was a good day! I am very thankful to personally witness his kindness towards me and my kids
Angela Williams Ashley
Friend
February 23, 2021
God Bless your soul Carman. Rest in Heavenly peace.
CHERYL HENDRICKSON
February 23, 2021
First time I met Carman June 18, 1990
Louticia Terry
Friend
February 23, 2021
You be greatly missed. Thanks for always making me feel special.
Louticia Terry
Friend
February 23, 2021
Thanks Carman for making time for me over the years and making me feel special, I will never forget that My heart aches now that you are gone but I know I will see you on the other side Rest In Peace my spiritual big brother and friend.
Louticia Terry
Friend
February 23, 2021
Rockingham County Fair, VA - 1997, signature Central Assembly of God, Cumberland, MD - 2006
Carman, you had such a profound influence on my young life. You were all I listened to from ages 5-9. When I met you in this picture, 8 year old me asked if you really beat up the bad guys in the RIOT movie - you responded “I’m not telling!” with a chuckle. When 17 year old me asked you to sign this picture you smiled and said “You’ve grown up”.

Sad I never got to take my kids to see you - but I know we’ll see you again. You’re worshipping at the feet of The Champion now. Well done good and faithful servant!
Alex Tompkins
Friend
February 23, 2021
Rest in peace, Carman! We love you! See you in Heaven!
CAROL SUGG
February 23, 2021
Your music was such a blessing during the time I was raising my son.
Angel Guzman
February 23, 2021
I was so shocked to see this obituary. I had no idea Carman was gone. I had just listened to him singing "Lord I did my best". It almost felt like he knew he was going to go home anytime.
He was a great inspiration in my life. I will miss him. God bless his family; Hold them tightly.
Dianne York
February 23, 2021
I will always remember hearing Carman the first time in early 1980s...I want some o' dat. He has blessed my life musically for all of those years, but the many souls brought to Christ are what he was about. The soul winner's crown. I look forward to hearing him as he sings around God's throne, when I meet Jesus face to face. What a day that will be! Carman, you are with the King of Kings, but I want to say thank you. Thank you.
Elaine Nanney
February 23, 2021
I can not imagine never hearing a new song by Carman. But I will always have his music to continue to guide & help me in my trials & life´s struggles. You gave your all to everyone and I thank you for your live of the Lord and leading me back to him. You had a way with your music that could make the worst dinner want to repent. As your sister in Christ I lived you and will sure miss you. You made the ultimate journey and you are now with the saints you sung and fought us about. We will meet again one day. Rest in Christ´s arms and we will meet again one day. In Christ Service Daily Evelyn your devoted fan.
Evelyn Dunn of okc
February 23, 2021
Thank You!!
Elicia Dean
February 23, 2021
Carman was my first contemporary Christian singer! I was a big fan!
Cindy Pearson
Friend
February 23, 2021
Carman you reached million of youths with your ministry. My daughters were touched by your music,. We had the privilege of being extras in your film The Champion. Great experience to have done that. . You will be greatly missed. Until we see you again
Nancy Giammatteo
February 23, 2021
To all,

Carman had a gift from God - he could take the Word and creatively minister critical Bible truths in ways that touched so many that the church could never have reached. He was real, and his music told the Word about Jesus Christ and showed the way to salvation for countless souls.

I thank God from the bottom of my heart for him. Today, he is exactly where he always longed to be. To Mrs. Licciardello and his beloved children, may God send the Holy Spirit to comfort and minister to you at this difficult time - you were a gift from God to him. Thank you for bringing him so much happiness and joy!

Please let us know if a homegoing service is planned. I would love to attend virtually. If not, I shall play and sing his beautiful music in his remembrance - there will NEVER BE another Carman!

We are living nearest the end of this world that any generation ever has - Carman would want us to STAND TALL as “Soldiers In The Army of the LORD!” Be strong body of Christ - we will ALL be back together very soon in the place we all long to be - with Carman.

With humble, sincere gratitude to God for a supernaturally gifted minister of His Gospel. I will always be thankful for the way you WALKED IT!

With love and admiration,
Judy McCowan
Judith McCowan
Friend
February 23, 2021
Carman is a great loss to the christian community. My family loved him. He will be greatly missed.♥
Vicki Orozco
Family
February 23, 2021
Judy McCowan
Friend
February 23, 2021
Carmen was one of the first artists I listened to when I was first saved 30 years ago. I even have a vhf that I still play. My heart is broken that you are gone, and at the same time I rejoice knowing you are with the Lord. May your family be comforted during this time.
Christie Bury
February 23, 2021
You will be greatly missed my kids grew up listening to you and I've always thought you were the best..and the most handsome.. may yor family be comforted ny the holy spirit.
Mary Martinez
Friend
February 23, 2021
He brought such joy in my life when at the time I was going through a lot of darkness and depression. His music lifted me up. I wish I had a chance to tell him in person what a difference he made in my life. Thank you Carman.
Barbara Schudel
February 23, 2021
I went to a Carmen concert over 20 years ago and got his songs and videos. I thought he was one of the most gifted Christian artists. Even once he got diagnosed with a sever illness, he never lost faith and continued to serve the Lord. He truly loved the Lord and I know Jesus is going to receive him with a hug and saying "well done, son". Carmen died with a rich legacy! Only heaven can count the number of souls that he touched. My prayers goes out to his family.
Coco Valentino
February 23, 2021
This is a very traumatic loss. I have been listening to Carman since I was 12 years old and im 50 now..he was one of my inspirations to incorporate drama with dance. But our God is starting to call up His people because time is near.
Christina MacDonald
Friend
February 23, 2021
The first time I had ever seen Carman was at a Gaither concert in Charleston, West Virginia. He sung Some-O-Dat. I think everyone there fell in love with him from that first song. I had every album then CD and his VHS of his show that was on TV. My kids and part of my grandkids kids grew up with him. We are very sorry for your loss. Thankfully, our loss is only temporary. Remembering you all in my prayers.
Janet Williams
February 23, 2021
Our hearts are broken and while we mourn we also celebrated your life and journey that you now will walk with our beautiful lord and savior ♥ Thank you for All of your dedication to serving our lord but also serving US! It’s through your music and love of Christ you helped in bringing many of us to the Lord! Thank you sincerely ♥
Patricia Basquiat
Friend
February 23, 2021
To your family Carmen, as you are saying your sweet goodbyes remember this is only temporary. My prayers are with you and may God give you His Comfort and Peace that is unfathomable. Carmen you were such an inspiration and loved by many. The light within you shown brightly to those around the world. As a citizen of Heaven you are finally home singing praises to the King of Kings and Lord of Hosts. What a grand time it must have been as you entered Heaven. Your message will continue to go on as your Brothers and Sisters speak of Jesus as the answer to the world. Your work on earth has now been completed, and those of us that are still here breathing the breath that God gave us may we all carry that torch and show the love of Christ to those in need. Say hi to Andrae Crouch for us too.
Tricia Renae
Friend
February 23, 2021
Thank you for using your talent for our Lord and Savior. Until we see you again. Much love.
Jeannie Stafford
February 23, 2021
My heart is broken as Heaven rejoices for the greatest Christian Evangelist of my generation. His music and ministry were apart of my whole life. The many miracles I experienced at his concerts will never be forgotten. Our talks will remain in my heart till eternity. Thank you Carman for being a soldier in Gods army and fighting the fight of Faith. Until we meet again in glory my friend.
Angie
February 23, 2021
Sending my sincere condolences...You are a true legend...God Be with you Rest In Love
Janet Phipps
February 23, 2021
To the Carmen Family, I just want to tell you how so sorry I am to here this news about Mr.Carmen he played a big part in my life an family I was so happy to meet him in Louisville Ky. He called my daughter Brittany up on stage she was so excited an my Dad came to visit us from ohio u really encouraged us with ur songs an words from the word of God thank u for being a blessing to so many I am really going to miss his music style an talent well done faithful servant Of God❤
Angela Epperson
Friend
February 23, 2021
I am thankful for the souls you reached in your ministry for jesus and the lives you had an impact on .my favorite song of carman was witches invitation.
Rene Oliver
February 23, 2021
My heart was sad learning of the passing of Carman because he was such a powerful voice for Jesus! He had the best concerts ever! The last time I saw him was in Lindsay at a really small church. It was so great, I realized how much I missed the worship he led. My thoughts and prayers go up to his wife of such a short time and his family. I can imagine he is worshipping the One he sang about so energetically!
Janet DeGraw
February 23, 2021
I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A BIG FAN OF CARMEN AND HIS WITNESS FOR OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. I WAS A JUNIOR HIGH TEACHER FOR MANY YEARS AND I USED HIS VIDEO FOR " WE NEED GOD IN AMERICA AGAIN" WHEN I TAUGHT REGARDING WORLD WAR II. I STILL OWN IT AND I STILL WATCH IT. MAY HIS FAMILY BE COMFORTED.
KATHY EVANS
February 23, 2021
I saw Carmen in the 1980's as a kid. I can't say enough about the impact that he made in my life. My favorite songs are "The Champion" & "This Blood is for You." He was so authentic and never became to big with an ego. I mourn him & celebrate him daily. May we all be more like him in our lives. He fulfilled his commission. Now we are all without excuse. He left a legacy for us all.....to live sold out & radical for Jesus.
Keith Marquez
Friend
February 23, 2021
Rest in peace I will always remember revival in the land
Sister In christ
Friend
February 23, 2021
Thank you, Carman for all you did for Jesus. You reached so many for decades and set the path for others to follow. You gave your heart and soul to sharing Him through song and dance. Your concert was the first Christian concert I ever attended and I had just lost my mom. I latched onto Jesus through your songs and never let go. I was looking forward to your tour, but Jesus had other plans. I know you are singing with the angels now and loving every minute of it. May God surround your family bringing peace and may the hope we have in Jesus sustain them until you can be reunited.
Leslie S Lowe
February 23, 2021
Wow, was surprised to hear of his illness! How he touched the lives of so many! I remember “the Champion” as if I was sitting in church yesterday hearing it. He truly was a man gifted of the Holy Spirit! With love and prayers to all, Denise
Denise
February 23, 2021
I loved Carman! What a living example of a Christian. I followed his career from beginning. I watched him grow in the Lord and I am so glad God gave him his hearts desire when he wed his beautiful bride. I have all his songs. They encourage me and lift me up during trials. His movie “The Champion” was the best. As God would say “Well done thou good and faithful servant”! Enjoy heaven and have a blast! Well done!
AT
February 23, 2021
THANKYOU for inspiring me through your music, dynamic personality, acting talent and strong faith in God. I am so glad I got to hear you sing in concert at the War Memorial Building in Trenton, New Jersey. You will forever live in my memory and heart.
Andrea Inverso
February 23, 2021
What a Awesome Man of God He was so many of us Love him. He loved his Lord an he Lived it in every way in his daily life It showed let us remember his legacy as a tribute to Our Master. God Bless his Family prays Daily for all of.You i am looking forward to seeing him again in Heaven.Let his faithfulness show us how to serve your Master to the Fullness.He’ll be truly Missed. ❤
February 23, 2021
“What an amazing person and what a remarkable life”. Our hearts goes out to you and to everyone who loved him. This is such a huge loss.
Sharron Eledge
Acquaintance
February 23, 2021
Back in the 80's, I caught part of 'The Champion' on my car radio and I was instantly hooked on your music! I was a baby Christian at the time, and through your music I learned about spiritual warfare. And here it is 36 years later and I am still hooked on your music! 'Holding On' brought me through many difficult periods in my life. Your music will continue to bring people to Jesus, my brother in Christ! My heart is broken for your family. I will continue to pray for them. I Praise God for the talent He gave you!
Linda Wilbanks
February 23, 2021
My family and I were blessed to see Carman in concert several times as well as him performing in our church, Higher D. My prayers are with his family and friends.
"Well done thou good and faithful servant. "
Sherry Provencher
February 23, 2021
Carman was a very important part of my Christian walk. My children grew up on his music that set a foundation for them. He will be truly missed but his ministry will continue. R.I.H. Carmen❤
Lavonia Pearson
February 23, 2021
Thank you for leading so many of us to God
Darlene Holland
February 23, 2021
The impact Carmen had on my childhood is indescribable. Now my children love learning about God through Carmen's music. Rest in the peace of God, you will be greatly missed.
Urbino Jessika
February 23, 2021
His music and his personality , helped me get into the spirit faster than any other way I have experienced! He was definitly the best, especially for the young!
susan Valvick
February 23, 2021
I had every Carmen tape . He was an inspiration to me as a worship leader. His way of conveying a song was truly inspired by the Holy Spirit. He was God's gift to us and I thank God that Carman used that gift to glorify our Savior, Jesus Christ. Well done thy good and faithful servant.
Tim Smith
February 23, 2021
If all of us who so deeply loved and admired Carman's commitment and devotion to Christ and ministry, in our own way, made an impact on this lost world the world would know there is a Christ to serve and believe in.
Edward Bowling
Coworker
February 23, 2021
What can one say about one of God's greatest servants? So glad that I got to see him at one of his concerts. May the Father console his family in the coming years ahead.
February 23, 2021
He was a man after God's heart. He preached the gospel through song and impacted the world for Jesus.
Cheryl Shearer
Friend
February 23, 2021
You had an impact on all our lives. We loved your music and saw you many times in concert. Finally got to meet you last March. You will be missed.
Joan Wilke
Father
February 23, 2021
Carman is a blessing to many & an encouragement to alot. He will always be remembered as one of the best ministers & great story tellers in music. I was blessed to have met such a great awesome & humble person in my life. He will forever be missed.
Richard Tovar
February 23, 2021
Cándida Talavera
Friend
February 23, 2021
You were my very first favorite Contemporary Christian music artist. You will be missed Im so glad I was able to see you in 2019 at my church for one of your concerts.
I’m going to miss you. You were one of the best Christian artists.
Tommy Howell
February 23, 2021
See you in eternity with the Carmen. no more death there. Loved your life here, what a blessing. You ran a great race.
Bernice Strahl
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