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April 2020

TDCJ Mourns Loss of Jonathon Goodman

CO Jonathon Goodman

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is saddened to learn of the death of an employee that may be related to the COVID-19 virus.

52-year-old Jonathon Keith Goodman died this afternoon at Baptist St. Anthony’s Hospital in Amarillo after being removed from life support. Goodman was an 11-year veteran Correctional Officer who worked at the Bill Clements Unit in Amarillo. Last Friday, April 17th he was found in his home after suffering from an apparent stroke. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Saturday a COVID-19 test returned positive. It is believed the virus contributed to his death.

“All of the thoughts and prayers of the entire Texas Department of Criminal Justice go out to the Goodman family,“ Said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “The unexpected loss of one who is loved so deeply is a tragic time and the TDCJ family sends its strength and extends its profound sympathy to the Goodman family to get through this difficult time.”

Goodman was last at work on April 15, 2020. His wife Kimberly Pride-Goodman is also employed by TDCJ. There are eight additional positive employee COVID-19 cases associated with the Clements Unit at this time. There are also 4 offender positive cases.