Security Industry Mourns Loss of ESA Executive


Security industry professionals are mourning the loss of Tonja Jenkins, 50, a recognized executive with the Electronic Security Association (ESA), who died July 4.

Listed below is a letter ESA Executive Director Merlin Guilbeau addressed to the association’s membership.

“It is with the deepest sense of loss that I must inform my colleagues of the untimely death of Tonja Jenkins on Saturday night. As many of you know, Tonja was the Associate Executive Director of the Electronic Security Association. Anyone who knew Tonja understands the tremendous, positive impact she had on this association and the industry at large.

She loved what she did and was a driving force in many of the successes of the association. Many programs, including the Young Security Professionals and Executive Strategic Partners, were products of her tenacity and vision.  She will be profoundly missed.

No further details are available, and in accordance with the family’s wishes, we ask that their privacy be respected.”

A funeral service will be held 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 9, at First Euless Church, 1000 Airport Freeway, Euless, Texas.

A graveside service will be held at Bear Creek Cemetery immediately following the service. A street address for the site is not available; however, driving directions can be found at

Immediately following the graveside service, friends and family will gather at the Bear Creek Golf Club, 3500 Bear Creek Court, Dallas, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a fund established to assist the family with funeral expenses: Jenkins Funeral Trust, P.O. Box 613305, Dallas, Texas 75261.

Out-of-town travelers attending the service can book rooms for $79 a night ($89 with breakfast) at the DFW South Courtyard Marriott: 2280 Valley View Lane, Irving, Texas, 75062; 972-790-8990.

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