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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice


June 2021

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Mary Martinez

Mary Martinez
Mary Martinez

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

74-Year-Old Administrative Assistant II Mary Martinez had 17 years of service with TDCJ and was assigned to the Middleton Unit in Abilene. Mrs. Martinez was hospitalized on December 14, 2020, with COVID like symptoms but was not positive at the time. Two days later she would test positive for COVID-19 and would remain hospitalized. Despite months of hospital treatment, she passed away from COVID related complications on May 31, 2021.

“To call Mary Martinez a fighter is an understatement,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “She battled COVID for months never giving up and that courage is an example to all of us. The TDCJ family will never forget her example and our thoughts and prayers are with the Martinez family.”

“Mrs. Martinez was a dedicated and loving employee that touched every life that she came in contact with,” said Middleton Unit Senior Warden Benny Bundy. “She was always willing to help out and give an extra hand if needed. She had an amazing attitude and didn’t know the meaning of the word quit. Mrs. Martinez will definitely leave a void in the hearts of her family, friends, and coworkers that can never be replaced.”

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