Daniel N. Cote

April 1, 1930 - February 17, 2020
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Daniel N. Cote, 89, passed away at his home Monday evening, February 17, 2020, surrounded by loved ones. He was born April 1, 1930 in Champaign, Illinois to Army Air Corps Col. N. L. Cote and Ida Lee Kyle Cote. His father was career military and Dan lived in many states and the pre-WWII Philippine Islands while growing up. Summers were spent visiting his father’s relatives in Maine and his mother’s relatives in Georgia. While his father was stationed overseas, he attended high school at Georgia Military Academy, graduating in 1948. Dan attended Duke University and graduated in 1952 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He began graduate studies at North Carolina State and volunteered with some friends at the Raleigh Little Theatre where he performed in several plays. It was here he met the love of his life. He married Jo Ann Kelly on December 26, 1953 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in her hometown of Saginaw, Michigan.

In June 1954 they moved to New York City where he had accepted a job with an engineering firm. Two months later, he was drafted for two years’ service in the U.S. Army. He was part of the Occupation Forces in Germany and was there when the occupation was declared over on May 5,1955. In 1956, he returned to Raleigh to finish his graduate studies, receiving his Master’s degree in 1958. It was at North Carolina State that he began his teaching career. He was an active member of the North Carolina Society of Professional Engineers, a registered professional engineer and a consultant for water and wastewater projects. Dan was an active member of Sacred Heart Cathedral and helped establish adult religious study programs. During the mid-sixties, he was active in the Civil Rights Movement. His family was growing and he and his wife, both only children, delighted in their five children.

Dan designed and taught a two-year engineering technology program for the new Wake County Technical Institute. This led to an offer to join the faculty of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois in 1967. He visited several coal mines in the area and was shocked by the working conditions that still existed in the twentieth century. Four years later, he transferred to the newer campus of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville where he taught civil and environmental engineering. He was a registered professional engineer and an active member of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers. In 1990, Dan retired from SIUE as professor emeritus.

In 1994, Dan and his wife moved to Galveston to be near their children who had migrated to Texas. He enjoyed sailing his boat and worked for two years as a volunteer on the Elissa, and as crew bringing it back from New Orleans. He was an active member of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers and was named Engineer of the Year in 1997 by the Bayou Chapter. He considered one of his greatest honors being asked by a former student to work with him in his engineering company here in Texas.

Dan enjoyed being a member of the Rotary Club of Galveston for many years and was an active member in the Jean Laffite Society, the Fortnightly Literary Society, the Sunday Morning Coffee Club, the Galveston Academic Excellence Booster Club and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Dan had a passion for life and a thirst for knowledge. He enjoyed all kinds of music, enjoyed being with people and loved a good discussion and argument. He was most proud of his children and their children.

Dan is survived by his wife, Jo Ann, his sons, Daniel N. Cote, Jr. (Katrina) of Alton, Illinois, and David Cote (Donna) of College Station, Texas, daughters, Kelly Schacherl (Richard) of Flatonia, Texas, Bridget Valdez (Lucio) of Hutto, Texas, and Meghan Taylor (Rob) of Key West, Florida, fourteen grandchildren and three great- grandchildren.

A Visitation and Remembrance of Dan will be held at Malloy & Son Funeral Home Saturday, February 29 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. Military honors will be performed at 12:00 noon.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Malloy & Son Funeral Home


3028 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Edgar Bircher posted on 2/28/20

Sorry can't talk to you anymore Dan, but I will say a few words to your family. I came to appreciate Dan during his and my memberships in the Coffee Morning Coffee Club. He brought a delightful and sometimes crusty perspective to conversations that very often became repeat and repeat exchanges. I think he and I had a mutual respect for each other during some of those harangues by members. I will miss him.


Jeannine Wells posted on 2/27/20

Condolences to his family. What a life he had! So many accomplishments! We didn’t know him but know his daughter Kelly and after reading this, I see where Kelly gets her thirst for adventure. I know he will be missed greatly by you all. Sounds like a wonderful man has been gained by heaven.


Brenda Mclaren posted on 2/26/20

Bridget- You and your family are in my prayers! I lost my mom 22 years ago and my dad 19 years ago. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of them. I’m so glad that God allowed us the years we had so we could have so many memories! I have been seeing the pictures that you have posted and I can tell your family has MANY great memories! Treasure them! No one will ever be able to take those from you!


Walter (Mickey) Ramer posted on 2/26/20

It is with a heavy heart that I read of Mr. Cote’s passing. My name is Walter Ramer, better know as Mickey, a very poor southern boy who barely made it out of high school from Buies Creek, NC. I was a fairly decent math student. I was in Mr. Cote’s civil engineering curriculum at W. W. Holding Technical Institute in the second year of the program. I cannot over emphasize just what this man meant not only to me but our whole class. He taught so much more than engineering. I personally owe my livelihood to him. My sincere condolences.


Lori Berger posted on 2/26/20

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Lori Berger posted on 2/26/20

Kelly, Bridgette & family, My Sincerest Sympathies during this very difficult time. May you be comforted by the remembrance of all the good times and know you father will always be with you! Love & Prayers, Lori Berger


K. Ball Withers posted on 2/26/20

We were so sorry to hear about Dan's passing. He was truly a unique person with sometimes a different take from the popular ones adopted by the majority. He could support his opinions with facts not generally known but still pertinent to whatever issue he was addressing. An accomplished raconteur, his witty stories always entertained the large audiences he attracted. His life also involved considerable service to the community through his generous work in several organizations. We will miss him and join his friends in telling his family that he will not be forgotten. Sandra and K. Ball


Barbara Damon posted on 2/25/20

I know what a loss Dan is to all your family. I see well how much he enjoyed his retirement, as did Bob.


William Boivin posted on 2/24/20

Dangerous Dan I have enjoyed being your friend and fellow Pirate. You helped Joanne raise a beautiful family. Mary and I enjoyed meeting them during our winter stays in Galveston. Rest easy my friend. Love you Joanne. Bill Boivin AKA Bloudy Bill of the Tundra Blind River, On Canada