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TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Armando Rodriguez
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is grieving the loss of an employee that is related to the COVID-19 virus.
78-year-old Armando Rodriguez, Clerk I at the Fort Stockton Unit, died from complications with COVID-19 on Sunday, January 16, 2022.
Mr. Rodriguez began his career with the state when he went to work for the Windham School District in February 2004. In November 2005, he began working for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as a Clerk in the Fort Stockton count room. In October 2013, he was promoted to a Case Manager III. He held this position until he resumed responsibilities as a Clerk in February 2014, a position he held until his death.
Mr. Rodriguez was an employee of the Fort Stockton Independent School District before his employment with the state of Texas. He was a teacher, coach, counselor, and principal who touched many lives throughout the community. He was a mentor to many students before they began their careers with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
“Mr. Rodriguez was a dedicated employee of TDCJ and his service will not be forgotten,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “His role was an asset to the agency and we extend our heartfelt sympathy to his family, friends, co-workers, and the many people whose lives he touched over the years in the Fort Stockton area.”
Correctional Institutions Division Director Bobby Lumpkin said, “Mr. Rodriguez was known to many of the staff at the Fort Stockton Unit and Lynaugh Unit who recall him teaching and mentoring them as students and correctional professionals. His absence will be felt and we grieve along with his family, and friends.”
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has had seventy-six employees who have died in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.