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August 2020

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Charles Chacon, Jr.

Charles Chacon, Jr.
Charles Chacon, Jr.

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

77-year-old Industrial Specialist IV Charles Chacon Jr. had 22 years of service with TDCJ and for the last seven years he was assigned to the Garment Factory at the McConnell Unit in Beeville. He was hospitalized with COVID symptoms on July 6, 2020 at Christus Spohn Hospital - Beeville and tested positive for COVID-19 July 13, 2020. On July 22, 2020, he was transferred to San Antonio Military Hospital for treatment. Chacon was a Vietnam veteran and served his country in the US Navy for over 20 years. Charles Chacon Jr. died in the early morning hours of August 11, 2020.

“It takes dedication to serve the state for more than two decades and our nation for 20 years before that,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “TDCJ is a family in all roles each one just as key to our operations. Any loss impacts every part of that family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Chacon family, McConnell Unit family, and the Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Logistics division. Charles Chacon Jr. will not be forgotten.”

“He was a very hard worker, dependable, friendly and known for being feisty at work,” said Bobby Lumpkin, TDCJ Manufacturing, Agribusiness, and Logistics Director. “His sense of duty and hard work was instilled in him from his military service to his country, he displayed it every day. Mr. Chacon will be missed dearly.”

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