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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice


March 2021

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Sara Keenom

Sara Keenom
Sara Keenom

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

44-year-old Administrative Assistant II Sara Keenom had 43 months of service with the TDCJ and was assigned to the Terrell Unit in Rosharon. Keenom was admitted to an Angleton area hospital on March 22, 2021, for symptoms of pneumonia and tested positive for COVID-19. She was in stable condition until Sunday when her condition began to deteriorate, and she was placed on a ventilator and moved to Intensive Care. In the early morning hours of March 29, 2021, Sara Keenom died.

“The tragedy of the COVID pandemic has touched all parts of this agency,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “Sara Keenom was an important part of our team was dedicated to service. TDCJ is a family and we mourn together. We hold the Keenom family, her husband and son in our prayers today. Sara will always be missed and remembered.”

“Sara Keenom was an important part of the Terrell Unit team. As the administrative assistant in the count room her role is extremely important every single day,” said TDCJ Correctional Institutions Director Bobby Lumpkin. “She was a mother and wife first but was also dedicated to service. She will never be forgotten and it is our hope that her family finds comfort in this difficult time.”

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