Corrections Officer V Mark A. Loecken

Corrections Officer V Mark A. Loecken

Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Correctional Institutions Division, Texas

End of Watch Monday, January 10, 2022

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Mark A. Loecken

Correctional Officer V Mark Loecken died as a result of contracting COVID-19 while serving at the Huntsville Unit at 815 12th Street in Huntsville.

Officer Loecken was a United States Army veteran who had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Correctional Institutions Division for over 38 years. He is survived by his four children, 11 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

The Effects of COVID on Law Enforcement

Beginning in early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country began to contract COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Due to the nature of their job, law enforcement officers were required to work and interact with the community even as the majority of the country was self-quarantined. As a result, hundreds of officers died from COVID-related illnesses and other complications.

Corrections agencies, in particular, suffered tremendous losses due to the constant and close proximity between the corrections officers and large inmate populations. Since March 2020, ODMP has verified that over 900 law enforcement officers have died as the result of a confirmed or presumed exposure while on duty and continues to work with hundreds of other agencies that have suffered a COVID-related death.

Visit ODMP's COVID-19 memorial listing every officer who has died as a result of a confirmed or presumed exposure.


  • Age 68
  • Tour 38 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Tuesday, December 28, 2021

communicable disease, COVID-19

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Rest in peace Corrections Officer V Loecken.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 10, 2024

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