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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice


January 2021

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of John Weir

John Weir
Ag Spec IV John Weir

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

52-year-old Agricultural Specialist IV John Wier started with TDCJ on September 1, 2020 and was assigned to the Powledge Unit in Palestine. He experienced symptoms of COVID-19 on December 10, 2020 and tested positive the next day. He was hospitalized at a Tyler hospital on December 14, 2020 and had been in intensive care since December 21, 2020. He died in the hospital in the early morning hours of January 4, 2021. Wier leaves behind a wife, a son, a daughter and 5 grandchildren.

“John Wier may not have been a part of the TDCJ family for long, but he made his mark,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “The Texas Department of Criminal Justice family grieves with the Wier family in these trying times. John Wier will not be forgotten, and his memory will live on.”

“There was not a lazy bone in his body, and he was always building things with his hands,” said John Beckendorf, Wier’s supervisor in the Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Logistics Division. “John Wier was always ready and eager to learn about something that he did not know, which was not much. His family was his world, and he will be truly missed.”

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