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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice


March 2022

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Lonnie Johnson

Lonnie Johnson
Correctional Officer V
Coffield Unit

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

67-year-old Lonnie Johnson, Correctional Officer V at the Coffield Unit, died on Sunday, March 6, 2022.

Officer Johnson had 8 ½ years of service with the TDCJ. He began his career at the Coffield Unit on August 15, 2013.

Officer Johnson tested positive for COVID-19 on January 23, 2022. On January 28, 2022, he went to a hospital in Tyler where he was admitted. His condition deteriorated since that time and he passed in the early morning hours on March 6, 2022.

“Officer Johnson was a dedicated employee of this agency for eight and a half years at the Coffield Unit, a true sign of commitment, one of the agency’s core values,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “He served this agency well and was an integral part of our organization. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and co-workers at the Coffield Unit,” he added.

Coffield Unit Warden Juan Garcia said, “Officer Johnson was very respectful, dependable, and took great pride in his job. He never complained about any task he received. He always gave everyone a salute and a smile to brighten their day. He will be greatly missed.”

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