Mo "Oleg" Popov
May 13, 1951 - June 7, 2016
Mo was born in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to San Francisco, California when he was about 5 years old. At which time, his dear Grandma Sophie gave him a guitar and piano lessons which fostered his love of music. She planted the idea Mo should pursue his love of music, which sent him on the road touring. He formed a band, Sweet Releese and at one point traveled as the opening act for Elvin Bishop.
As the band members went their separate ways, Mo landed in Anchorage Alaska. He lived there several years and played in a band Tytus Canby. He moved his family to Beaverton, Oregon and formed the band Aerial which traveled across the Northwest.
Eventually he moved to Dallas, Oregon to be with his Mother and finally settled in Salem, Oregon. Throughout his moves he continued working on his degrees. He received his Associates degree from Skyline College; Criminal Justice Degree from Alaska; his Bachelor Degree in Psychology & Family Studies; CADC Certificate in Substance Abuse & his Master's in Social Work from Portland State. This paved the way for his very well known career!
His list of accomplishments and the lives he touched are endless! They include: Maclaren Youth Authority Shift Manager; Social Services Specialist and Translator in the Russian Community in Woodburn; Intake Specialist in Polk County; Clinical Social Worker at Salem State Mental Health Hospital, he maintained a Private Practice in Social Work; Represented youth in Marion County Drug Court, Social Service Specialist at Homeless Outreach & Advocacy Project; Plus he was an Active Member, Mentor & Sponsor to those in AA & NA.
Mo's charisma was unmatched by many! If you met him, you loved him and his crazy sense of humor never disappointed! He challenged the system on many occasions and stood up for those that needed his voice! His counseling program was successful because he had been there, lived the life of those struggling and proved you can pull yourself up from the bottom! He was an inspiration to many!
Mo's passion was to surround himself with his boys and his grandkids. If they were together, you could almost guarantee it involved Fishing! He dreamed of having a summer to put "Cancer" behind him and spend the summer riding his Harley, fishing with his sons, gardening and spending time with his grand kids & his beloved dog Bogie!
Last but MOST important was the Love he had for his boys, Dimitre and Nick! As their families grew, so did his love of their families. The saddest thing for him was the thought of leaving them. Somehow I think I can guarantee that on each and every fishing trip or milestone in their life...he will still be there for them! God bless you Mo, I know with the strength of your faith you have found eternal peace...until we meet again...
Survived by his sons, Dimitre & Nick Popov, daughter-in Laws: Jasmine & Bree and four beautiful grand babies: Ava, Austin, Santana & Cataleya.
A celebration of Mo’s life will be 11:00am Saturday, July 9, 2016 at the Evergreen Christian Center 4400 Glencoe NW Rd., Hillsboro 97124.