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Joshua Benjamin Otts, 35, of Cumberland died peacefully Jan. 22, 2013.

He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Leo Marchand; paternal grandparents, Frances and Louis Otts; biological paternal grandparents, Grace and Robert Oliver; and his maternal grandmother, Cynthia Knight.

He was born in Leonardtown on March 31, 1977. He grew up in St. Mary’s County and married the love of his life, Catherine Marchand, on Oct. 15, 2005, in Grantsville.

He is survived by his wife of Cumberland; mother, Cyndi Knight of Cumberland; father, Bert Otts and his wife, Soralla Facey de Otts, of Bowie; sister, Ann-Marie Valdez and niece, Ayla Valdez, of San Marcos, Calif.; grandfather, Harry Knight of Grantsville; biological father, John Oliver of Garden City, Mich.; and a host of other relatives and longtime friends.

An animal “whisperer” from a young age, he nurtured cats, snakes, frogs and even an alligator. He also had a gift with green things.

He didn’t walk his journey through this world; he skipped along his path. He took risks that sometimes led to soul-trying times but also gave him many moments of great joy. He was creative and met new experiences with enthusiasm. Whether he was playing guitar and singing, building and flying model airplanes (and once, a model hovercraft made from scratch), or fishing — especially fishing — he never did anything by half-measures.

He had a quick wit, warm spirit and big heart. He strived to live a life exemplified by his favorite song, “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Services were private.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Amputee Coalition of America, 900 East Hill Ave., Suite 290, Knoxville TN 37915-2566.

Arrangements were handled by Brinsfield Funeral Home in Leonardtown.