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Oklahoma dealer Don Thornton dead at 87

Longtime Tulsa, Okla., vehicle vendor Don Thornton died Friday at age 87.

Thornton spent far more than fifty yrs in the company. He received his start off working in automotive sales at Greensboro Ford in his indigenous North Carolina after serving various yrs in the U.S. Air Power. In 1966, he moved to Dallas and turned normal sales manager for Maher Brothers Ford.

Thornton afterwards moved to Tulsa. In the seventies, he bought Southland Volkswagen and afterwards acquired Crawford Ford, which turned Don Thornton Ford. Even with suffering from floods in 1974, 1976 and 1984, the retail outlet managed to acquire several awards. Don Thornton Ford was the top rated-quantity retail outlet in Tulsa for a lot of yrs, in accordance to his obituary. He offered the retail outlet in 1998.

Thornton bought Lexus and Land Rover dealerships in 2000 and extra Cadillac, Volkswagen, Audi and Jaguar franchises above the future 15 yrs.

He was a member of the vendor councils for Ford and Lexus. He also experienced served as chairman of the Oklahoma Motor Auto Fee and of the Oklahoma Vehicle Sellers Affiliation.

A memorial assistance will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa.