Cal Worthington Dies

Sep 9, 2013 8:18 PM

Go see Cal: that was the jingle.

A lot of people did go see Cal, to buy a car, to find a lending hand for a philanthropic cause, or to be his friend. Sunday afternoon, Cal Worthington died at the age of 92 at his "Big W" ranch in Orland.

During his life, Worthington was larger than life. He built a massive chain of car dealerships up and down the west coast.

That larger than life persona was clearly seen in his commercials featuring large animals. Each and every one of those animals was spot the dog. It didn't matter if they were more of a cat (like a tiger) or a killer whale.

Locally, Cal Worthington was the man behind "Splendor in the Valley,” the annual fundraiser for the Glenn Medical Foundation that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over the last decade. Just last week Worthington stopped by Action News Now studios to preview the event.

“The nice part about this thing, I think, is that you have a lot of fun, and it's for a good cause. You meet a lot of nice people and old friends, and it makes you feel good. You know you're having fun, and you know it's a good cause and you're not wasting money,” he said.

This weekend the 10th annual event will be held at the “Big W” ranch. Glenn medical foundation officials say it was the right thing to keep the event going. There are still some tickets available for this weekend's event. You can call 530-934-1881.


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