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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice


October 2021

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Scott Collora

Scott Collora
Scott Collora
Correctional Officer V
Luther Unit

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

54-year-old Scott Collora, Correctional Officer V at the Luther Unit in Navasota, died on October 5, 2021.

Officer Collora showed symptoms of the virus on August 31, 2021, and tested positive for COVID-19 on September 3, 2021. He was admitted to a hospital in College Station on September 9, 2021, and placed on a ventilator on September 13, 2021. His condition deteriorated over the last few days and he passed on.

Officer Collora began his TDCJ career in November 2003. He first worked at the Pack Unit and later transferred to the Luther Unit.

“Officer Collora was a dedicated officer whose service to the state of Texas was an example to everyone he knew,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “The TDCJ family feels every loss and we extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and co-workers at the Luther Unit.”

Correctional Institutions Division Deputy Director Eric Guerrero said, “Officer Collora was a key member of the Luther Unit staff and he was loved and respected by everyone. He will be greatly missed.”

Officer Collora is survived by his wife, Denise, and his sons, Thomas and Timothy.

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