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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice

August 2021

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Joe Olivares

Sergeant Joe Olivares
Sergeant Joe Olivares

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

50-year-old Sergeant Joe Olivares had 7 years of service with TDCJ and was assigned to the Connally Unit in Kenedy. Sgt. Olivares experienced symptoms of COVID on August 9, 2021, received a positive test result on August 14, 2021, and was hospitalized on August 18, 2021. Sgt. Olivares died later that night.

“The tragedy of the COVID pandemic continues to touch all parts of this agency,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “Sergeant Olivares was an important part of our team who was dedicated to service. TDCJ is a family and we mourn together. We hold the Olivares family and his three children in our prayers today. Joe will always be missed and remembered.”

“Sergeant Olivares was a valuable member of our team and provided unwavering service to the Connally Unit,” said TDCJ Correctional Institutions Division Director Bobby Lumpkin. “Joe had a profound love for his children, you could seldom have a conversation with him without his children being mentioned. He was a team player, hard worker and always had something positive to say. He was well thought of and respected by everyone on the unit. He will be greatly missed by all."

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