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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice

August 2020

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Chaplain Walterio Rodriguez

Walterio Rodriguez
Chaplain II
Walterio Rodriguez

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is grieving the loss of an employee that is connected to the COVID-19 virus.

67-year-old Chaplain II Walterio Rodriguez had 11 years of service with TDCJ and was assigned to the Segovia Unit in Edinburg. Walter last worked there on July 15, 2020 and was hospitalized at McAllen Medical Center on July 20, 2020 where he tested positive for COVID-19. Chaplain Rodriguez passed away on August 13, 2020. Rodriguez also held various positions with his local church including Director of Children’s Church and the youth group.

“The Texas Department of Criminal Justice mourns one of our own who treasured bringing the word of God to those who need it,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “Walter made a transition in life to become a chaplain because of his love for others. We now return thoughts and prayers to his loved ones with the admiration and respect of the TDCJ family.”

“There aren’t enough people who follow their calling and serve,” said TDCJ Rehabilitation Division Director Christopher Carter. “To go from utility technician to prison chaplain is a huge leap that Walter took in faith. He used his story to help others changing countless lives. He will be always was respected among his peers and deeply missed.”

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has had seventeen employees who have died in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.