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Glenn Ellis Crellin

Glenn Ellis Crellin, 66, of Seattle, former Associate Director for Research at the University of Washington's Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies, died May 18, 2017 at his second home in Charlotte, North Carolina. His family was by his side.

An only child, Glenn was born in Des Moines, Iowa to Amos and Estelle Crellin, both deceased. Glenn was raised in Oskaloosa, Iowa and graduated from Drake University in Des Moines with a B.A. in Economics. He went on to graduate with an M.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland. He became an Analyst with the Bureau of Economic Analysis in Washington, D.C., where he developed a new statistical model of housing starts. He then went on to work for the Research Division of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) for the next 16 years, rising to the position of Vice President. It was while at NAR that he developed the Housing Affordability Index, which endures to this day.

In 1993 Glenn took on a new challenge - to head the Washington Center for Real Estate Research (WCRER) at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. In 2012 the WCRER merged with the Runstad Center at the University of Washington where Glenn remained until his retirement in 2015. At both Washington State and the University of Washington Glenn taught students in Real Estate - and often commented that working with these students was a highlight of his career.

Glenn was appointed by the Attorney General to join a blue-ribbon committee to recommend the allocation of funds under the foreclosure settlement with big mortgage lenders. He was honored by the Washington Real Estate Commission for expanding their understanding of their industry. In 2014 he was honored by a resolution in the Washington House of Representatives for his service to the state, and later in the year his long career in Real Estate was celebrated by the 400 people in attendance at the annual Runstad Center Leadership dinner.

Diagnosed with inoperable prostate cancer in 2013, Glenn spent the last 41/2 years celebrating life by traveling to Europe and throughout the United States with his wife Melonnie, and spending time with his beloved children and grandchildren, as well as continuing his genealogical research. The researcher in him melded his love of family with a love of research and traced his family roots back to the 1600s.

During the last weeks of his life, friends, relatives and students shared their thoughts and memories with him in person and via phone calls, social media and e-mails. Glenn was so moved to hear these tributes and kind words while he was still alive. This acknowledgement of the impact he made on their lives made his passing easier for him and his family.

Glenn is survived by his wife of 45 years, Melonnie Crellin, his children Justin Crellin (and wife Sue) of Miranda, California, Kimberly Crellin Winston (and husband Kevin) of Charlotte, North Carolina, and his grandchildren Miles Crellin, Jasmine Crellin, Kevin Winston, Jr. and Kamden Winston. The family will memorialize this wonderful man privately and

thanks everyone for their love and support. The family requests donations be made to the Institute for Prostate Cancer Research at www.fredhutch.org/ipcr.

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Published in The Seattle Times from May 24 to May 25, 2017
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