William Earl King, founder and owner of Weather King Windows and Doors, passed away earlier this month at the age of 87. He was known as “an inventor, an innovator and a leader who rarely compromised on his own rigorous standards which led to his continued business success,” according to his obituary.

The company sent a letter to its vendors recently informing them of the news. ‘We will miss his guidance and support but are grateful for the condition he left the company. With the large number of long-term employees, business will continue and we look forward to growing as we love into the future with new leadership.”

King’s daughter, Elizabeth Oliver, who has been vice president for many years, will assume the role of president. She has been with the company for more than 40 years. King’s grandson, Sean Hobbs, who has more than 11 years experience, will continue in the production supervision role he has had for several years.


  1. Earl King had a deep passion for the window industry, which is why his passing is the only way he would ever retire. He could talk for hours about window design, sales tactics and the future of the window industry. He will be sorely missed and always be fondly remembered.

  2. Earl King was a fixture in our industry from the second half of the twentieth century into the 21st. He was at all the major industry events as late as 2013-14. I first met Mr. King in 1984 at the NAHB Show in Houston. Never had the privilege of selling him anything but I and many others will remember him fondly. Another titan of the fenestration industry passes.

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