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Glenn Tracy Austin

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Glenn Tracy Austin Obituary
Austin Glenn Tracy Austin, passed away peacefully Tuesday, June 27, 2017, after a nine-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born August 18, 1961, in Chillicothe, Ohio. Tracy is admired for his many, many accomplishments. He is famous locally for wearing a nametag each day on which he chose his attitude and for using his cancer as a tool "for giving" to others and sharing that journey globally on social media. He was a graduate of Chillicothe High School (1979), a veteran of the United States Air Force, a long-time employee of the Kroger Company and a 24-year legend at Franklin University. During his time at Franklin, Tracy served in numerous roles including Chief Student Officer; Director of Student Coaching Services and Student Life & Development; Director of Professional Development & Quality Coaching; and most recently, Student and Faculty Coach for Ohio National University. He was named Franklin University Employee of the Year and received the Franklin University Commitment to Excellence Award. This spring, the University created the Tracy Austin Red Carpet Service Award. He was the first recipient and through the annual award, his legacy of service will live on through all those who carry on his mission. Tracy was passionate about basketball and was dedicated to helping others through serving as a head coach for the Franklin County Flyers Special Olympics team, on the board of Next Basketball Foundation, and playing and coaching other local recreation teams. He was also a Big Brother for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Tracy spent his last week at Kobacker House, surrounded by friends, family and the amazing staff there. He is survived by his wife and best friend, Karen; son, Matthew Mitchell of Columbus; beloved Mom, Wilmetta Austin of Chillicothe; brother, Eric (Toni) of Chillicothe; sisters, Denise Lisath (Mark) of New Albany and Monica Austin of Trotwood; nephew, Clint Austin of Columbus; niece, Monique Austin and grand-niece, Journi (of Trotwood). Tracy also leaves behind thousands of friends who followed his candid, transparent and vulnerable experience with cancer on social media. Tracy's direct request of you is that you take whatever you learned from him and pay it forward. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Hope Hollow http://www.hopehollow.com/, Franklin County Special Olympics (send checks payable to Franklin County Special Olympics, 2879 Johnstown Rd., Columbus, OH 43219) and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio. If you're short on cash, please perform a random act of kindness in Tracy's honor. Tracy's family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, June 30, 2017, at the SCHOEDINGER WORTHINGTON CHAPEL, 6699 High Street, Worthington, OH 43085. Funeral service and a celebration of Tracy's life will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 1, 2017, at the WORTHINGTON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 600 High Street, Worthington, OH 43085. Visit www.schoedinger.com to send online condolences to the family.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on June 29, 2017
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