Don and Opal Cote founded Don's Windmills in 1968. She passed away in 1997, and a memorial fund to benefit the youth program at First United Methodist Church Pearland was established in her name. He continued to climb towers and work on windmills until he was 89. In 2009, three weeks before he passed away at age 91, he was out dancing. He was a World War II U.S. Army Air Corps veteran, coming ashore at Utah Beach on D-Day, was honored as a liberator of the Buchenwald concentration camp, helped to construct the first Allied air field at St. Mereglise, France, and was injured (not wounded) during the Battle of the Bulge. Growing up in Maine, he spoke the family language, French, which landed him a spot as an impromptu interpreter... They lived life to the full, and we miss them both.
Throughout the design process, we had you in mind. Windmills we know; turning them into a ceiling fan that we can all enjoy was a challenging and fun process. Whether you want it for your outdoor patio, your mancave, your living room, or maybe in your restaurant or business, it will certainly serve as a conversation piece.
My parents, Jim and Lou McKendree. Without them, I don't know where we'd be. Mom handles the finances and books, Dad and I work together in design, sales, and service.
They started me out pretty early....
My name is James Cote McKendree, I'm a Texas Aggie, a U.S. Marine, and the proud owner of Windmill Ceiling Fans of Texas. We still fix old windmills, but we're sure excited about our ceiling fan design, and we know you will be too.