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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice

April 2021

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Jimmy Garcia

CO Jimmy Garcia
CO Jimmy Garcia

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

56-year-old correctional officer Jimmy Garcia had nearly 5 years of service with the TDCJ and was assigned to the Bill Clements Unit in Amarillo. Previously he had served at the Neal Unit in Amarillo. Officer Garcia noticed COVID like symptoms and tested positive for the virus on March 25, 2021. On April 4, 2021 he was hospitalized at an Amarillo area hospital and sadly, he passed away from COVID related complications on April 15, 2021.

“Jimmy Garcia was defined by service not just as a part of the TDCJ family, but to the nation during his service as a United States Marine,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “The thoughts and prayers of the TDCJ family are with the Garcia family and friends at this tragic time. He will always be remembered by the entire TDCJ family.”

“Although Officer Garcia was very reserved with his words, his actions spoke loudly to his spirit of service,” said TDCJ Correctional Institutions Director Bobby Lumpkin. “He was an extremely loyal individual and that carried over to his career. From the battlefield to the unit halls, Officer Garcia’s passion was serving and helping others. He will be missed.”

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