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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice


February 2022

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Kay W. Zeger Jr.

Kay W. Zeger Jr.
Correctional Officer V
Dalhart Unit

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

60-year-old Kay W. Zeger Jr., Correctional Officer V at the Dalhart Unit, died from complications with COVID-19 on Sunday, February 13, 2022.

Officer Zeger began working for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in March 2014. He has always been assigned to the Dalhart Unit.

“The Texas Department of Criminal Justice extends its deepest condolences to Officer Zeger’s family, friends, and co-workers at the Dalhart Unit,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “We are grateful for his nearly eight years of service to the agency and we know that his passing will be felt deeply by everyone who loved and worked with him at the Dalhart Unit.”

Originally from Ohio, Officer Zeger would later move to Arizona before eventually settling in Texas and becoming a correctional officer.

Dalhart Unit Senior Warden Joe Tovar said, “Officer Zeger’s co-workers thought of him as a ‘father figure’ and a brother in gray. He was a reliable officer to his shift and a great asset to the unit. He was a private and quiet person but with a very strong personality. He will be greatly missed.”

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