My thoughts and prayers go out to the Worthington family.
Forever grateful for his service to our country. Sincerely Mary Reese
So sorry to hear of his passing, he lived a good life and did more than any ten of us will ever do. He went sliding in with a Magnam PI Stop. We got to spend time with him at the Big W and flew with him in the Jet. Good times. Terry just talked to him about a month ago. Great conversation. We will miss you Cal. RIP. Love and Prayers to your family in this time of need.
Cal was an institution in Huntington Park where we moved to from Ohio in 1954. I got to know him from attending hundreds of the televised shows from the car dealership and ballroom there as well as the ones taped in Hollywood later.
He added so much to my life through these shows and country music. It was never boring on the weekends for the pre-teens and teenagers who got to rub elbows with stars like Glen Campbell (upcoming), Buck Owens, Barbara Mandrell (still in curls), the Maphis family, the Canadian Sweethearts, Cliff Crofford and Billy Mize, Johnny and Jonie Mosby, not to mention the awesome musicians like Glen D. Hardin. I cannot mention all of the talents Cal introduced. He was generous and a man to look up to.
I was delighted to have been at his daughter Barbara's wedding and received a thank you note for the photos I took and sent on to the family.
Fly HIGH Shiny! For those that read My Dog Spot will understand that nickname. Hearing Cal had passed on brought back bitter-sweet memories of my father passing some years back. My family started with Cal when he took over Ralph Williams Ford, the rest is history.
In 75 I started @ Dodge store in South Gate and then Huntington Beach helping with commercials for CW and redlining vehicles. My first car, 65 Mustang that was taken in on trade. My father Ivan Smith ran Fleet in LB, was GM Federal Way (Cheryl (Huwe) Hicks) you probably served my father also, Anchorage then back to LB shortly after my dad left the organization. I know Cal was saddened my father left and gave him sage advice. However they still kept in touch as I did going by the Ford Store seeing people I grew up around.
Fact is CW was a great man, I would rank him close to Henry Ford for ingenuity. Funny moments, first gift I got for Christmas @ Rochelles in LB, a bag of Nuts.. “Nuts to you from Cal and Sue”. Cal, now are flying hirer than you ever dreamed of with a different set of wings. I would also like to give tribute to others that had the privilege to work and learn from Cal. My father Ivan Smith, Richard Johnson, Eddy McAdams, L.D. Crabtree, Phil Love, Jerry Hansink, Larry Mann and many others. For those that have left us, no fighting over the next “up” Those still here with fond memories, tip your hat to the man that changed the car business."
– Scott aka Scotty Smith, Long Beach, CA,
Thank you for your military service and your warm and genuine personality. You will be missed. God Bless
All of my prayers and condolences to Mr. worthington's family. He will be missed and you should be very proud of his example as a successful American Verteran and Entrepeneur.
Worked for Mr. Worthington awhile in anchorage, to be so successful a business man and having a lot of people working for him, He still made sure to Thank You for hard work and encouraged us. Wishes of Peace for Mr. Worthington
Grew up watching his awesome commercials may he rest in peace
Cal and family I grew up in Fullerton Ca and watch and loved the ads on TV, years later I found the Mr Worthington was a pilot. Aviation is a great love of mine and it made me feel closer to Cal because he was a pilot. I'm sure he is in heaven flying on eagles wings. I hope he runs into my dad up there as dad was in the USAAF in World War 2. They will have lots to chat about. To Cals Family, peace be with you I'm sorry for your loss.
Thoughts & prayers with family. May God bless your family with comfort during this time.
I have been gone form Ca. for 32 years. I grew up watching Cal's commercials. Loved them when I was a child (49 now). Of all places to hear about his death was a local radio station in the small town of Vernal, Ut. I think that says so much about Cal. May he rest in peace. Much love and many prayers for him and his family.
Lynda (Johnson) Wardle
to a man they called Cal.He had a great smile. Seen with a tiger ,elphant or seal,he was known to sell a car with a great deal. We will miss u Cal. You are so many of us 's pal. God bless you.
I grew up watching Cal Worthington on T.V. with his commercials, "Go See Cal, Go See Cal, Go See Cal." And then I also remember "His Dog Spot" that was always any other animal but I dog. Cal Worthington will be greatly missed.
To the family: We are so sorry for your loss. My husband and I grew up in So. Cal. and have always remembered your dad's commercials. Go See Cal could be heard around our house many times. Treasure your memories!
To Barbara and Rod--I am sorry for the loss of your father. My prayers are for the whole family although i did not know them. I was previledged to have meet your father a couple of times and I will always remember the plane ride he gave me and a couple of others when he came down to Mathis, Tx. He was a giant of a man. Take care and again my prayers are with you.
When visiting California many years ago, I remember seeing CAL'S commercials. Thanks for the memories.
I will always remember the commercials and how entertaining Cal was. He was a wonderful man with a wonderful history. Even though my parents moved me away to Tennessee over 40 years ago I still remember the dealership and his charisma on the commercials. I am praying for the family.
Worthington Family, Offering all of you heartfelt prayers at this time. Remember the joyful time that you had together. He shall be missed by so many. May the God who gives peace be with all of you.-RO.15:33
May the Father of tender mercies be with you all during this time of deep sorrow.
I was just a child about nine when his commecials were on TV. I'm 39 now and still recall some of the animals. What I remember best was his child like smile and innocence.
What a wonderful man.
I was sorry to hear of Cal's passing. But, I know he lived a long, fulfilling, fun and interesting life. I saw him in the 70s when I attended CSULB.
My sincerest wishes of sympathy to the Worthington family and Rod--it's been a long time since our years at CMA.
Thanks for the memories and at one point in time a job
One word to God in Heaven: Go see Cal!
God bless Cal, his family and friends. He will never be forgotten.
Thanks Cal for your service to this great nation. Freedom isn't free and he knew that.
-Bill Oppenheimer, Naples FL
Thanks for the memories, Cal, you were one of a kind, RIP
Cal is such an icon to alaska.
may he rest in peace.
thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.
He is a true American hero. Never seen him stand on his head and eat a bug though. I bought many cars from him since 1980 and always had a great deal. Thanks Cal
living in southern california in the 1970s and 80s you could not avoid his tv ads for autos. you always wondered what Cal was up to next with what animal in tow with him and it on an auto. his jingle still familiar to me.
While Stationed in the Marine Corps at Camp Pendelton, CA and MCAS in Yuma, AZ it was always great to wait and watch for Mr. Worthington's TV commercials. Thank you for the memories and for your great service to our Country. Your Family will be in my prayers. Semper Fi Mr. Worthington
With deepest sympathy to the family during your time of sorrow. God is for us a refuge and strength. (Psalms 91:2) May you find the needed strength from God, family and friends.
I remember Mr. Worthington well. He was a good man and a American Icon. Thank you for your service. He was a real man, rest in peace.
I do remember cal and his dog spot , my condolences to his family god bless. You all Shirley Loveland, colorado
I first saw Cal on his commercials when stationed @Long Beach Naval Station back in the 1970's I really enjoyed his commercials.
I grew up in West Los Angeles and remember the great Country Western show he would have on Sunday afternoons and Friday night show and dance. RIP
As a child I loved his commercials growing up in California. God Bless Cal
To the Worthington family;
On behalf of the Board of Directors and members of the Alamo Chapter, Distinguished Flying Cross Society, we express our deepest sympathies with the passing of your dear father, grandfather and friend, Calvin C. (Cal) Worthington.
During his service in the Army Air Corps during WWII, then Captain Worthington distinguished himself as a true hero having been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross as a B-17 pilot on 29 combat bombing missions over Germany. His life has left an indelible imprint on the military history of our country. We offer a final salute to his memory and a lifetime of service to his family, friends and to his country.
Posted by a fellow holder of the Distinguished Flying Cross- San Antonio, TX
To know Cal was to love Cal. I was a waitress in the 1980's at CoCos Restaurant in Federal Way, WA. Right down the street from Worthington Ford.He was always a pleasure to take care of. Every time he was in town he would come for breakfast or lunch and he always asked for my section. I was known as Cal's Gal. It still brings a smile to my face. His presence would fill the room when he walked in. Man he was tall.:) I am only 5'. His smile, sense of humour and kindness was such a part of my life. He was truly a wonderful Man. My prayers go out to his family. May God surround you with his Love and comfort you. He will truly be missed.
At Isaiah 65:17, 22-24 our Heavenly Father holds out a grand promise. May your faith in His promise strengthen you as you look forward to its fulfillment.
Wing walking, standing on his head to beat a deal, Spot.....one of a kind.
Watched his commercials when I was in the army at Ft Bliss,Tx. On a small black and white Tv my wife and I had. He would make ourt day with his commercials. He was good for us in a harsh climate without family and friends. We still remember him and whish his famly the best. He can never be replaced. I am proud of him and his accomplishments in life.
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
My prayers goes out to his family and close friends. Cal Worthington was a one of a kind man and will definitely be well-missed.
Condolences to the Worthington family. I lived in Southern California for one year in the late '70s, and the memory that always brings a smile to me is "Cal Worthington and his dog, Spot" commercials. I am from Texas, where larger-than-life people really are larger-than-life.
May God be with him in heaven and be with his family at this time in the loss of Their father. John & Jackie Lipnisky
in God's care rest in peach
What a full life.May the God who gives peace be with the family and friends of Cal.Acts24:15.
Cal, you done good cowboy! See you on the other side. Tell spot he's a good Dog!
love Sky Hall
What a great loss of an Icon. Our condolences to the Worthington Family.
Living in California in the early 70's. Mr. Worthington was more entertaining than all the shows that broke for his commercials. He real did hang upside down from a biplane. A tour of one of his dealerships was never boring. Thank you Cal for your service to our country.My Prayers go out to your Family. RI.P.
I have fond memories of me and my brother and sisters staying up all night and watching old movies when we were young teens growing up in Duarte, California.Many time Cal's ads was more entertaining than the movie.
Thanks for the memories.
Seeing Cal Worthington ads was a good as watching whatever show was on! You never knew what to expect from him and it always amazed me how quickly he could run through the details of each car and its price. Always entertaining! He also brings back the 50's in my memory as I was born in '47 it was hard to remember a time that he wasn't running an ad on TV. Cal, you will always be remembered with a smile on your face and fun in your voice and a love for Big Animals!! May God watch over your soul...bet you have a large group of devotees around you already and your are probably looking for a large area for a used car lot!
58 years later I can still sing the jingle and remember the commercials. Brought a smile to my face today :)Brenda salt lake city
When I lived in Long Beach CA., His dealership was right across the street from the apartment I was living in(1969)on Long Beach Blvd. What a great guy he was with all his "original advertising" he was doing. I know everyone I worked with in the Navy knew who he is. "Go see Cal, Go see Cal,Go see Cal and his dog spot !! He was quite the business man for sure. R.I.P. Mr. Worthington..you, Sir, Are a Legend !!
A part of Americana has left us. I grew up listening to his commercials. RIP Cal!
condolences to the family I enjoyed him all my life and while living in Covina my husband and I had the pleasure of bowling with one of his boys that was also in a league and told us great stories of a great man will truly be missed but never forgot
I used to work for Worthington Ford in Alaska. The few times I met Cal he was very polite and cordial. My condolences to his family.
There are two things I remember about television during my time at MCAS El Toro in 1972, Number one: "Go See Cal", Number two is the Empire Carpet Jingle. Enjoyed the Cal Worthington Dodge commericials. I did ride by on my motorcycle once, but did not see his dog Spot. I guess I should have stopped in. Thank you for your service and may you rest in peace. Thanks for the memories.
Such a funny ad idea that made you great! I would have loved that job! I will miss you, Sally...ds was in monterey, CA had to move to IN to keep my shirt! Hope the kids will keep the ad, lovin it!
He was different n sorry to hear. I've had many pics with n cars as well. May he RIP n god bless the family
Cal had the sense of humor that appealed to a seven year old growing up in '50s LA with His variety of "Spots". Vaya Con Dios, Hombre.....
I didn't know of his WWII experience. All I remember we're his commercials. I was stationed in the Los Angeles area in the early 1970s and remember that catchy song and him introducing his dog Spot. Usually, his dog Spot was a tiger, but could be a hippopotamus, an elephant, or whatever.
I lived in California for sometime and remember his car adds, made me laugh all the time.
My deepest condolences to the family and friends. May you be comforted in knowing God is near to heal your broken hearts and will strengthen you to cope with your loss. Psalm 147:3
Cal. Was one of a kind! PRC
Condolences to all the family. My family bought two new cars.
I was Cal's co-pilot a few years, circa 2000. Shared many hours with him on the longer flights to Anchorage. I knew I was with greatness. It truly was a pleasure to know him and his family. I admired his energy and ageless ambition. He lived life to the fullest and won't be forgotten. Many air traffic controllers recognized his plane's call sign and would ask if "Spot" was on board. I'd reply, "You're talking to him" RIP Cal, and God bless your family. Corky
Ill never forget Go see Cal and his dog spot (he was never a dog but a horse,elephant lion) those were classic comercials and a part of my childhood in Calif RIP CAL.
A big part of my childhood, I will miss your commercials. May you rest in peace.
Thank you,, For making me smile as a child and will always Remember those wondeful commercials
"High-pockets" Cal Worthington sponsored Saturday afternoon TV movies in 1956, always referring to himself as High Pockets. I bought a very good used '55 Chevy Impala hardtop from him that year, only because he filled my Saturday afternoons with pleasure and I wanted to pay him back. He was a great guy and a fellow Okie
Grew up with the "Go see Cal" TV ads. He will be remembered.
I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND MY HEARTFELT SYMPATHY TO THE WORTHINGTON FAMILY. "THERE IS A BOND DEATH CANNOT SEVER, LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP LAST FOREVER"...J.H, FORMER ANCHORAGE RESIDENT.
Growing up in Southern California I remember the Cal Worthington commercials vividly. I am so sorry to hear of this great man's passing, and wish to express my sincere condolences to his family, friends, and close business associates.
Mr. Worthington was a storied used car salesperson but should be remembered as one of the safest pilots in the air. The fact that he'd flown a flawless flight just ten days prior to his passing at age 92 should be one for the aviation history books.
This is Marie Gage. I use to work for Cal Worthington for 4 years and had the priviledge to meet Cal Worthington Senior when he came to Anchorage to do commercials. May God be with Calvin and the Worthington Family in this time of sorrow.
I was just in San Diego and drove by a car dealership and I thought of him because I thought it used to be Cal Worthingto Dodge. He had a dealership in the Phoenix area for a while. I loved his commercials! RIP, AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY!!
Courtney and family, so sorry to hear of your Dads death, our family's prayers are with you!
I am so sorry for your loss. What wonderful memories I have of his commercials. I always think of them when I head south and see Worthington Ford
I worked for Cal, and he treated his employees with respect, he was a great model for other employers to learn from. May he rest in peace.. Thank you Cal for the chance you gave me. May God bless you and your Family in this time of need...
Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.
Rest Cal, until you hear at dawn,
the low, clear reveille of God.
Thank you for your service to this nation.
"Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth –: Put out my hand and touched the Face of God."
My thanks to Mr. Worthington for his honorable service to our Nation, and for putting a smile in my heart through the years.
My deepest sympathy to all who loved Mr. Worthington. May you be comforted and sustained by beautiful memories, until that GLORIOUS reunion in Paradise.
Thinking back at his funny commercials, always including his 'Dog Spot', who wasn't necessarily a 'dog', I can't help but smile. The image of him singing his jingle, with that famous line. "I'll stand upon my head to beat all deals", while actually standing on his head, brought joy to my young heart, and what Southern California child didn't know all the words of his jingle by heart?
Cal Worthington lived life FULLY, until the day he was born into his eternal life. A very good example for us all!
"I'll stand upon my head, 'till my EARS are turnin' red, go see Cal, go see Cal, go see Cal ... "
I loved Cal's commercials for many years. I especially loved all of his "dogs" named Spot. Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal. The Worthington Family have my deepest sympathy.
He lived and flourished during the best times of America. He is an inspiration to all who seek the American dream. God Bless him.
Always loved your commercials...RIP Cal!
I remember the early days with you and your dog spot.
I was saddened to hear of his passing. My wife and were stationed @ Norton Afb in 1975 and we always looked forward to his commercials and wondered what animal was to be next. Obviously he led a full life with many experiences and accomplishments and left a legacy for his family to be proud of as well to all who knew and watched him. God Bless.
I remember asking him to be the featured speaker at our Orange County Sales and Marketing Executives banquet in Anaheim, California. Who better I thought. I was pleasantly surprised when he not only accepted but refused any compensation. Deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
God bless him,seen so many of his commercial with his dog spot.
AS A KID LOVED YOUR COMMERCIALS AND MY FAVORITE WAS - THIS AINT NO BULL- THANKS FOR MEMORIES AND YOUR MILITARY SERVICE CAL. THEY DONT MAKE THEM LIKE U ANYMORE !
Green grass blue skies sandy beaches tropical waters glorious sunsets
I grew up watching the commercials in Long Beach, California. My parents and I went to the car lot when he would have special events. Our condolences to his family and friends.
Bless your heart Cal... you were a big part of my childhood as well... I remember when you gave away blue ship stamps... you will missed... RIP
May you ascend into eternal bliss.
Deepest condolences to the family, your commercials always put a smile on my face, rest in peace Cal...... BM
Rod, Eileen and Family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers, take comfort in the knowledge that one day you all will be reunited. Rod... You were a great help to me when my own father passed and I will never forget it. R.I.P. Cal
Cal will be missed. This is a man that lived life to the fullest. I worked for Cal Worthington Ford in Anchorage Alaska for about five years. The few times I met him he was gracious and kind. I drove him to the airport once and another time stood in line next to him for a flu shot. He gave me a job after years as a stay at home mom. I gained skills that have allowed me to succeed. We are blessed to have known him. May God comfort the family in this time of loss. Hopefully one day we will all "Go see Cal."
59 years old, grew up singing his commercials...we loved them..rip
Appropriate that Cal was watching an NFL
game, saw Worthington many times at Ram
games at Coliseum, was season ticket
holder, probably at Anaheim too....spot
USMC retired! Spent many a night years ago, watching TV wondering "what Spot" would be next! Just recently shared this with my children! Bless you Mr. Worthiington, thanks for your service! Now Go see your Heavenly Reward!
I can still hear the jingle, what fond memories. Bless Cal and all those who grieve his death.
Worked F&I for Worthington Dodge, Huntington Park CA in 1962. Met briefly & always had a positive feeling about him. He is a role model.
Blessed be his memory. Saw Cal many times on TV over the years in San Diego.
What a great man. I always remember watching him on TV as a youngster.
Thank you Sir for your service you are a true hero RIP
Remember him from commercials whe we lived in ElPaso TX Never went to kitchen during his spots. RIP Cal
My condolences to the family and friends. May the God who supplies endurance and comfort be with you in the days ahead-Romans 15:5. E.D. Park Forest, IL.
cal, your commercials were a big part of my childhood. I was always anxious to see what your "dog spot" would be, and whenever you said "I will stand on my head til my eyes are turning red" go see cal, my bro and I would challenge each other to do this. you impacted many lives in your lifetime. and now you will be living forever in the land of rebirth with your many "dogs". go fly with the angels, and god be with your family while the deal with the loss of a great man!
CAL YOUR A GREAT GUY AND LIVED A GREAT FULL LIFE. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE. AND MAY THE LORD COMFORT YOUR LOVED ONES. HANDSOME AT THAT,YES YOU WERE. R.I.P.
What a wonderful role model. We should all be doing what we love up to our last breath.
I remember the commercials well. I was stationed in Port Hueneme near Oxnard. You will be missed Cal.
I remember Cal and his dog, Spot from 40 years ago. What a great memory.
Cal Worthington was a Southern California legend. Growing up I have such fond memories of his commercials, I will always remember him.
I quickly became familiar with the "Go See Cal" commercials when I moved to southern California in 1985. Cal seemed like a friend to all, a genuine humanitarian, not just a car dealer. I loved seeing who his dog Spot would be in each commercial, and how nervous Cal appeared, yet he was able to pull off a memorable ad despite being juxtaposed to a critter who could potentially end his life then and there. He left a legacy of bringing smiles to all who remember him, and a catchy tune that no one can get out of his head.
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
What a great person he had to have been. I will always remember his lively commercials from my time in Riverside County (March AFB CA) 1968-1972. Sincere condolences to the Worthington family and may he find eternal peace and salvation.
Mr. Worthington will be missed. His commercials made you want to go out and buy that car from Cal because you could relate to him. Go with GOD and Rest in peace.
I remember Mr Worthington's Ford dealership on Bellflower in Long Beach. My Dad was in the Navy and stationed there. My Dad accepted an assignment to recruit in Chico, CA, several years before Mr Worthington bought his ranch in nearby Orland. Despite his wealth, Mr Worthington was a down to earth guy. Rest in peace, you will be missed very much!
A true Southern California legend. You will be missed by those who grew up with you and 'your dog Spot' urging folks to 'Go See Cal.'
To the Worthington family, my condolences for your loss.
This man was California!!!Rest in peace Cal.
May the God of all comfort be with you .my prayers are with the family.
I always remember Cal as part of my growing years and always waiting to see a diffetrent Spot..plus singing the commercial jingle..RIP Mr.Cal...
When my children were little we went to Cal Worthington in Long Beach, CA and the four of them were put on top of a huge elephant and rode around the car lot --- much to the delight of Cal himself who happened to be there. They are grown now, parents, grandparents and still talk about that huge huge elephant and the fun they had. Rest in Peace, Cal you will be missed by many. Thanks to your family for sharing you with all of us all of these years. God Bless you all.
One of the most goofiest car salesman ever to be in television besides Hap Hazard. Cal & all his crazy animals known around the world as he puts it "My Dog Spot". RIP Cal you are now up in heaven with all your crazy animals, Need I say anymore about this goofball.
Goodby Cal , the world is a better place because you were here .
WOW. Do I remember Cal Worthington ? HUH I'll never
forget this guy, he could sell you your own car...I have to
say I enjoyed his commercials very much...I also want to thank Mr. Worthington for his service to our country during WW ll.. A true American Hero and one of "AMERICAS
GREATEST GENERATION"...My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Mr Worthington.
A job well done Sir.. Rest in Peace.
" A LIFE THAT TOUCHES THE HEARTS OF OTHERS GOES ON FOREVER"
Hey! I remember Cal Worthington, I used to watch his commercial on LA channel from Long Beach. Remember him riding a bull on one of those commercials. I was station at Edwards AFB, about 80 miles east of LA, close to Lancaster, from 1960 to 1964. Rest in peace Mr. Worthington.
We'll miss you !
What an accomplished man. To think that he was just recently piloting his plane from Alaska home to CA. Cal was bigger than life and lived every day to its fullest. He has left a wonderful legacy to his children and his children's children. There should be more Cal Worthingtons in this world. He will now begin a new chapter.
I BOUGHT A 1972 CHEVY NOVA FROM CAL WORTHINGTON IN 1977 WHEN I LIVED IN WHITTER CALIFORNIA. I REMEMBER THE SLOGANS "IF YOU WANT A CAR GO SEE CAL" AND "CAL WOTHINGTON AND HIS DOG SPOT"
We'll always remember Cal's fun, happy commercials.
Susan and Jim
what a shock to hear of the passing of Cal Worthington. every time I was in Los Angeles I would always look for his car dealership. his commercials would always make me laugh. he certainly will be missed. I hope your dealership in heaven will be successful. God bless your family at this time of sadness.
An icon in Long Beach! I hope your commercials will live on!
Yep, that's one name we'll never forget.
God will heal the sting of death.
He will again breathe in to man-- breath.
Yes, if we die when can live again.
God will soon rid the world of sin.
This guy is going to be missed,he was a legend in the auto dealership business. They broke the mold when they made him."GO SEE CAL" RIP.
If I could of purchase a car from him I would have.
Another World War II Hero gone but not forgotten, rest in peace Cal.