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September 2021

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Chris Watson

CO V Chris Watson
CO V Chris Watson

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

48-year-old Chris Watson, Correctional Officer V, at the Hodge Unit died on September 15, 2021.

Officer Watson received a COVID test on August 21, 2021. The results were received on August 26, 2021, indicating he was positive for COVID. He was admitted to Christus Mother Francis Hospital in Tyler on August 29, 2021, and his condition deteriorated.

He began his TDCJ career in May 1994. He worked at the Memorial (formerly Darrington) Unit starting in September 2009 and came to the Hodge Unit in October 2017.

“Officer Watson served this agency for 26 years with honor. His commitment to the citizens of Texas will not be forgotten,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “We extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and co-workers on his passing.”

Hodge Unit Senior Warden Larry Berger said Watson was an asset and was well-respected by his supervisors and co-workers. “He was a quiet individual, but when he spoke, he always had a message of uplifting thoughts or words of encouragement.” he added.

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