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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice

January 2022

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Mark Loecken

Mark Loecken
Correctional Officer V
Huntsville Unit

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is grieving the loss of an employee that is related to the COVID-19 virus.

68-year old Mark Loecken, Correctional Officer V at the Huntsville Unit, tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, December 28, 2021. He was admitted to Huntsville Memorial Hospital on Saturday, January 1, 2022, where he remained until he passed on Monday, January 10, 2022.

Officer Loecken began his TDCJ career in January 1982 at the Wainwright Unit and retired from the agency in August 2003. He returned to work for the TDCJ in January 2004 at the Goree Unit and resigned in July 2015. He returned to work for the agency in July 2016 at the Huntsville Unit where he was assigned until his passing.

“The Texas Department of Criminal Justice wishes to express its deepest condolences to the family, friends, and co-workers of Officer Mark Loecken at the Huntsville Unit,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “We are grateful for his 38 1/2 years of service to the agency and we know that his passing will be felt deeply by everyone who loved and worked with him.”

Huntsville Unit Senior Warden Dennis Crowley said, “Officer Loecken was loved by everyone and he was always willing to share his years of experience with the staff at The Walls. His dedication to the agency was unmatched. He was here when you needed him and even when you didn’t. He will be truly missed by everyone.”

Officer Loecken was a veteran of the United States Army. He is survived by 3 sons, 1 daughter, and 11 grandchildren

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