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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice


December 2020

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Dorothy Caylor

Dorothy Caylor
HRS Dorothy Caylor

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

62-year-old Human Resources Specialist Dorothy Caylor had fifteen years of service with the TDCJ and was assigned to the Roach Unit in Childress. She tested positive for COVID-19 on December 1, 2020 and admitted to an Amarillo hospital. She passed away December 17, 2020.

“Dorothy Caylor was a shining light not just at the Roach Unit but to all of the TDCJ family,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “She was known as a sweet, kind, and very spiritual woman. It was her laugh that really got attention. She was always looking to share her bright outlook with others and cannot be replaced. The TDCJ family sends out thoughts and prayers to the Caylor family during this time of loss.”

“Care and compassion are what Ms. Caylor brought every day to the Roach Unit and it is what her family needs now,” said Human Resource Division Director Patty Garcia. “Dorothy loved baking and was always sharing those sweet things with her co-workers. Her work ethic made her a go-to employee who could take any situation and handle it with care. She will not be forgotten.”

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