In Memory of Sergeant Christopher Ray Wilson
The state of Texas has been suffering significantly since the start of the pandemic. The state has lost many residents to the virus and will spend many years picking up the pieces to achieve the future dreamed of before the virus. In addition, the pandemic has hit incredibly hard in law enforcement offices across the country. Still, Texas has lost more officers’ lives to the virus than any other place in the country.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department recently had to face the tragedy of losing one of its own. On Thursday, August 26, 2021, the department learned that a member of their law enforcement division had died from the virus. Sergeant Christopher Ray Wilson, badge number 1452, passed away due to complications of COVID19. He had served the Texas residents as a law enforcement officer with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for approximately 17 years.
Sgt. Wilson began his service with the TPWD in 2004. He put in many hours along Texas’s rivers, lakes, and ranches to earn his rank of Sergeant, which he received in 2016. A popular local lawman, he was chosen to represent the department when they were showcased on an episode of “Lonestar Law” in 2016. Wilson was known to be a respected man with a big heart who would do anything to help his fellow man, wildlife, and state.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department – Law Enforcement Division
Sgt. Wilson served on the law enforcement division with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The TPWD is the state agency with the responsibility to protect natural resources, wildlife, and habitats. The law enforcement division includes officers who are responsible for enforcing the laws to keep the natural resources of Texas safe.
Sgt. Wilson had the primary duty of investigating complex crimes involving environmental damage. He also, at times, would investigate threats against game wardens and other park police. Wilson also lent a hand to any other TPWD official as needed. He dedicated his life to preserving the world we have today so that future generations can also enjoy it.
Sergeant Christopher Ray Wilson leaves behind his four children and his parents. These children will need the community, friends, neighbors, and extended family to help support them and help them along their path in life. Many children will now face uncertain futures due to the number of losses we have experienced in the US. These children and families will need to be remembered, not just today but in years to come, as they struggle to achieve a better world for all of us.
TPWD Executive Director Carter Smith spoke highly of Sgt. Wilson. “Chris left this earth on the afternoon of August 26th after valiantly battling a series of health complications related to COVID. Chris was a big man with a big heart who left a positive impression and impact for all those fortunate enough to have worked and spent time with him over his 16 years of exemplary service to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and our grateful state.”
The Texas Game Wardens posted information on the loss on social media. “It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of TPWD Game Warden Sgt. Christopher Ray Wilson. I ask that you keep his children and family in your thoughts and prayers as they navigate through this very difficult time. Chris proudly served our Home Ground as a State Game Warden with great purpose, pride, and dedication. With a big smile, a big presence, a big heart, and a big impact, he made our department and our work better. His End of Watch leaves a hole in the hearts of many a colleague and many a Texan, all of whom are grieving the loss of his presence but grateful beyond words for the dignity, strength, and sacrifice of his service. May he rest in peace.”