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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

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Published in The Seattle Times from May 24 to May 25, 2017.
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June 18, 2017
I've been putting off writing here for some time--I guess it's an avoidance thing because it's actually admitting that he's gone. I've known Glenn since college and had the chance to know him all his life through his marriage, birth of his two children and then his grandchildren. He loved his family so--I still remember him being almost overwhelmed by the fact that his soon-to-be wife, Melonnie, and he were going to share their lives together. Then with the birth of Justin and Kimberly his love just grew to encompass their distinct and delightful personalities. What an amazing father he was! And then grandfather as well!! His family was always his top priority and that is, to my mind, his greatest legacy.
Diane Lake
June 10, 2017
Melonnie, please accept my condolences on the loss of your husband. I just recently heard the sad news. I wish you the best.
Rennae Daneshvary
June 9, 2017
I knew Glenn from the Washington Realtors, as I am a practicing Realtor and I thank him for his amazing respect for our industry, his forever crunching of numbers, his forecasts and his efforts to get an unruly industry to get some statistical/historical information--and even when it must have seemed daunting. And he did this all with grace and aplomb. I am honored to be an industry acquaintance and we miss him on many, many occasions. Rest in peace, Glenn.
Terry Miller
June 5, 2017
As a member of the board for the Washington Center for Real Estate Research at WSU and a Realtor with the Wash Association Realtors I served on the interview team recommending Glenn for its first and only director. Glenn was extremely knowledgeable and I enjoyed many discussions we had regarding the Real Estate industry. He was a great asset to the Real Estate field in the State as well with NAR.
It was a privilege to have known Glenn and he will be missed. My best to his family.
Dennis Johnson
June 5, 2017
Glenn's expertise shared through the WA Center for Real Estate was such a great benefit to the promotion of Home Ownership programs. Wayne Locke & I were very privileged to share his table at one of the last State Conferences Glenn attended.
Sheila Davies
June 1, 2017
I was privileged to listen and hear presentations by Glenn Crellin at our Washington State REALTOR meetings and Seattle King Association of REALTORS. He was dedicated to his work, he was approachable and delivered words of wisdom. He will be missed by our community. Prayers of peace and comfort are sent to his family.
Beverly Read
May 30, 2017
I am saddened at the loss of an old friend from junior high, high school and college. Glenn and I enjoyed each other's company at school growing up Oskaloosa and we were dorm roommates our freshman year of college at Drake University. One of my fondest memories from that time was going to Lincoln, NE with Glenn to spend a weekend visiting his parents. Unfortunately, after college Glenn and I lost touch. Only within the past year did he reach out to me via email to share his health concerns and, more importantly, to share his obvious joy of being married to Melonnie, and how proud he was of their children and grandchildren. My deepest sympathies to Melonnie and his family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
David Patterson
May 30, 2017
So sorry to hear of Glenn's passing. He was a pleasure to know. Condolences to his family.
Fran Kurlander
May 28, 2017
I only knew Glenn in the last four years of his life. He struck me as a gentleman, a gentle man, with flashes of wry humor and an enormous quiet courage. He loved his family, and to see him playing with his grandchildren was to understand his gift for patient teaching. He will be sorely missed.
Michel Griffin
May 28, 2017
Sad to hear of Glenn's passing. Our condolences to Melonnie and the entire family. We remember fondly our meet ups at the annual American Real Estate Society meetings each year. A real gentlemen and scholar!

Patty & Mike Clauretie
Mike Clauretie
May 27, 2017
So sad. A true intellectual, kind, generous and a great sense of humor. I enjoyed listening and watching him at commissioner meetings. His facial reactions and twitch of his mustache as he listened was great insight for me. I am grateful, as we all should be, for his many contributions and support to our real estate industry. He will be missed. My condolences to the Crellin family.

Suki Bazan
Bazan Realty
May 26, 2017
Glenn and I attended Oskaloosa grade school through high school together. We lost contact after that time, but reunited on Facebook. Glenn was very smart, was very kind to all, a dear friend. He lived a wonderful life celebrating his family and becoming very successful. I always watched where they traveled with a good wine in his hand. He loved being with the grandchildren. We provide support to each other during this last year. I will miss him.

Lynhon Stout
May 26, 2017
We were fortunate to know Glenn. Very sorry about his passing. We send our warmest thoughts to the family.
Ken and Janet Kendall
May 25, 2017
My heart breaks for you all.

I worked with Glenn at the Real Estate Research Center when I was in college and shortly thereafter.

You are in my thoughts.
Christy Fitzgerald
May 25, 2017
Glenn was the best memory of my childhood on 4th Avenue East, in Oskaloosa, IA! Glenn and his family lived across the street from us and was a pivotal part of my growing up. Glenn would do his homework while he stayed with me and of course Glenn would give me keep me quiet (I think) and learn something at the same time. He taught me the states and their capitals by the time I was 8! By the age of 10, I'd mastered all the countries and their capitals! My first plane ride was to see him, Amos and Estelle in Lincoln, NE. Des Moines to Omaha isn't a long plane ride, but it was a trip I'll always remember. Glenn was instrumental in teaching me to play cribbage, canasta, spades, hearts, rummy and numerous board games, at a time when friends/family actually played games together. Glenn, I'll miss our texts and chats, but I will never ever forget you and the wonderful memories we shared.
Marvel Tomlinson
May 25, 2017
I enjoyed a family relationship with Glenn emailing my collateral Caslavka family to be included in his genealogical research tracing the Caslavka family back to 1600s. I regret that I was unable to attend the 2016 Caslavka family reunion in Iowa so that I could meet him personally. I will miss the genealogical relationship I had with Glenn.
PAUL Caslavka
May 25, 2017
This was taken at our last High School Class Reunion in Oskaloosa, Iowa
We are sorry to hear of the loss of Glenn. He was a wonderful man and always kind and considerate of others. It was nice to see and visit with him several years ago at our last High School Class Reunion.
Nancy Jane (Stapp) McCurdy
Donald McCurdy
Nancy Stapp McCurdy
May 25, 2017
I knew Glenn was a very nice man, a sweet man, a smart man but I knew little about his personal history. That is what happens when you meet people in their 'later and non-working years'. I was very impressed to read it all and very glad to have been a friend and neighbor to Glenn. And to take Qigong classes with him at Embrace the Moon in Ballard. Tom and I will raise a glass. Hope to see you soon Melonnie!
May 25, 2017
I had the pleasure of working with Glenn for many years in connection with WCRER, both when he was in Pullman, then after he moved to the "west side." It was always a delight to chat with him. He was a consummate professional. My condolences to the family.
Cheri Brennan
May 25, 2017
Our sincere condolences to the Crellin family in the loss of your dear love one. Our prayers are as yours, that God provide his care and comfort you each day. - Ps 145:18,19
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