A Glendale man who died in a plane crash in western Klamath County last Sunday was an actor and entertainer with several movies to his credit.
Juan Canopii, 54, and his wife, Chantal Canopii, 60, died in the crash as the plane was on its way from Klamath Falls to Medford on the morning of Oct. 1.
Canopii had been an entertainer several years ago at Seven Feathers Casino Resort in Canyonville, performing Elvis Presley songs.
“He sounded just like Elvis,” said Marilyn West, who worked at Seven Feathers for several years.
West said she got Canopii to perform at the Mercy Foundation’s Festival of Trees Silver Bell Luncheon one year.
“He just had a wonderful personality,” she said. “He never met a stranger.”
West said his wife, Chantel, was not involved in the performing even though she always came with him.
West said Canopii left Seven Feathers and went to Afghanistan with the military.
He wrote on his website that he earned his law enforcement/military Krav Maga instructor certification, a hand-to-hand defense of the Israeli Defense Forces, while completing 26 years of military service.
Stu Burgess, a teacher in the Glendale schools for nine years in the ‘90s, met Canopii later when Burgess was teaching at Hidden Valley High School south of Grants Pass. Burgess said Canopii liked working with kids.
“We had a student that had gotten paralyzed from the neck down in an activity at school, and he came and helped with a benefit to raise money for him,” said Burgess.
Canopii’s resume included appearances on two shows filmed in Portland, “Grimm” and “Leverage.” He was also in several well-known movies including “George of the Jungle,” “The Wedding Planner,” “Mighty Joe Young.” Most recently, he appeared the 2014 film “The Record Keeper.”
On his website, www.juancanopii.com, Canopii said he had gotten his private pilot license and purchased his second airplane in 2016. He was also selected to serve on the Hollywood Screen Actors Guild TV Nominating Committee. He won an award in the Hollywood & Vine Film Festival for his animated “Waikiki” music video.
He wrote on his website, “2017 is shaping up to be an even more prosperous year than 2016. I will be focusing more on my acting, comedy, music, and working on my own Film Projects. I will also be publishing my first children’s book (God Willing!).”
No funeral has been set for the Glendale couple. Hull and Hull Funeral Home in Grants Pass is handling the services.
The crash is still under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.