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Legendary car dealer Cal Worthington dead at the age of 92

By KRCR Staff
Published On: Sep 09 2013 01:31:24 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 09 2013 02:15:20 PM CDT
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ORLAND, Calif. -

California car legend Cal Worthington died Sunday at the age of 92, according to Glenn Medical Foundation, a non-profit he worked with in Glenn County.

He lived on his Big W Ranch in Orland. Worthington became famous, selling cars in California.  He made a name for himself with his witty car commercials starting in the 1950's.  His became known for his pitch line "Go see Cal."

According to the Sacramento Bee, he still continues to produce his own television commercials for his car lots in Alaska and Long Beach. He spends most of his time on his ranch in Orland.

Worthington was a supporter of the Glenn Medical Center.  He hosted the annual Splendor in the Valley fundraiser to benefit the Glenn Medical Foundation.  This year's event is scheduled for Saturday, September 14 at 5:30 p.m.  

Debra McMillan of the Glenn Medical Foundation said the Worthington family plans to continue with the event this weekend as scheduled because it's what Cal would have wanted.  This is the 10th year of the benefit at the Worthington ranch.
 
"We are so grateful to Cal for sharing his amazing ranch with us over the last several years," said Vee Weathers, Secretary of the Glenn Medical Foundation, in a news release prior to Worthington's death.  "We truly appreciate his kindness and support of the Glenn Medical Foundation," she added.

The nine previous Splendor events raised enough money to add a long list of much needed medical equipment services for the Glenn Medical Center.  Most recently, the Foundation helped fund an ultrasound machine for the hospital which has been put to use in diagnosing medical issues over the past year.

Funeral arrangements are still pending.