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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice

October 2020

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Donald Parker

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

73-year-old Food Service Manager Donald Parker had over 9 years of service with TDCJ and was assigned to the Neal Unit in Amarillo. His last day on the job was September 25, 2020. On September 28, 2020, Parker tested positive for COVID-19 and was hospitalized at a local hospital. Parker died at the hospital on October 1, 2020.

“The TDCJ family is united in extending its thoughts and prayers to the loved ones of Donald Parker,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “He was undoubtedly loved and respected for going above and beyond in his service to the Neal Unit. His passing leaves a huge hole at the unit and in the TDCJ family. Mr. Parker will always be remembered.”

“Donald Parker loved his job and was extremely dedicated to the agency,” said Neal Unit Senior Warden Kevin Pinney. “He was known by all for handing out Werther’s Original candies to every staff member in every department. He was driven and loved his work. Everyone at the Neal Unit loved him and he will be greatly missed.”

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