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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice

September 2021

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Glenn Skeens

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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.

58-year-old Glenn R. Skeens, Correctional Officer V at the Alfred D. Hughes Unit in Gatesville, Texas, died on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, while in his home, after testing positive for COVID-19 on Friday, September 3, 2021.

Officer Skeens was a 34-year employee of the agency who had worked in many positions. His TDCJ career began on November 1, 1985, at the Memorial Unit (formerly Darrington Unit) in Rosharon, Texas. He retired from the agency on November 30, 2012, and returned to employment on January 21, 2014. During his tenure with the agency, he was assigned to the George Beto Unit, the John Middleton Unit, and the Alfred D. Hughes Unit.

“Glenn was an excellent correctional officer who was fun loving and had a great sense of humor. He liked everyone and everyone liked him. I’ve lost a friend and a co-worker.” said Hughes Unit Warden Bruce Armstrong.

Officer Skeens mentored many employees during his career, and made many friends within the agency. He was a dedicated employee, and his friendly demeanor attracted people to him.

He loved Chevrolet Corvettes, and had two at the time of his death. He was also planning on marrying his longtime girlfriend in the near future. He was a loving father and loved his grandchildren even more.

“Officer Skeens dedicated nearly 35 years of employment to the agency, and we will always be appreciative of his commitment. He not only served, but shared his knowledge of the agency with others.” said Executive Director Bryan Collier. “Officer Skeens was an integral part of the TDCJ family, and our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and loved ones.”

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has had fifty-six employees die in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.