Look deep into nature, and you will understand everything better. (Albert Einstein)

   It is with great sadness that the family announces the death of Caitlin Carol Diane Otto on April 7, 2021. Caitlin was born on March 14, 1989 and was a resident of Colorado Springs. She was a gifted healer who worked as a massage therapist at Massage Envy and helped many people. She loved all animals and nature and felt a deep connection to the ocean and the earth. As a little girl Caitlin loved taking dance classes with her little sister, gymnastics, horseback riding and swimming. Caitlin graduated from Doherty High School in 2008 where she was a cheerleader for the Spartans.

   Caitlin was a caring and generous person who loved helping others in any way she could. Most of all she loved her family dearly and her family absolutely adored her.

   Caitlin is survived by her loving parents, Catherine A. Otto and William Otto IV (Katie); her beloved partner, Cody Miller; her siblings, Benjamin Johnson, Kelly Otto, William F. Otto V, Tyler Otto, and Brystol Otto, and her step siblings Kaycee Sain, Brenden Koehlinger, and Danika Koehlinger.

   She also is survived by uncle Steve Byford (Dawn), aunt Sharon Liberty (Alain), aunt Vicki Light, great uncle Gord and great aunt Susan Hodges, cousins Kristen McCombs, Jennifer Thayer, Ashly Leppe, Whitey Kopsie, Makena Powers and Hanalei Light.

   And her most beloved cats, Blu and Penelope.

   Caitlin was predeceased byher grandfathers, Forest E. Byford and William F. Otto III; her grandmothers Carol Byford, Carol Vail Byford and Diane Hannum; her great grandparents, Harold and Beulah Hodges, Bernice Eberle, William F. Jr. and Dorothy Otto; and her great aunt Doris Otto.

   Caitlin was so loved and touched the lives of so many people. To celebrate her life, we will be holding a memorial service this Saturday, April 17th at the Shrine of Remembrance (1730 E. Fountain Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO) at 10:00am. We will be streaming the memorial through zoom for those who cannot make it to the service in person due to distance or COVID (see details below). All are welcome to attend the service. Caitlin was bright and full of life, so please only wear black if you would like to. Caitlin felt a deep connection to nature, so should you choose to contribute anything to her memory we ask that you bring flowers or make a donation in her name to the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center (Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center | HOME (wolfeducation.org). If you have any photos that you would like to share in a slideshow that we will be playing at the service, please send them to kotto967@hotmail.com by this Wednesday evening (April 14th).

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  1. I’m so sorry to hear of Caitlin passing. She was an amazing person and one of my friends back in HS. Haven’t talked to her in a year and a half, but she was and always will be an amazing person that had a positive impact on my life!! Im so glad to have known her!

  2. I went to high school with Caitlin. She was very easy to talk to, had a warm personality, and had a great smile. I am very sad to hear of her passing.

  3. I was deeply saddened when I found out Caitlin had passed away. I grew up with Caitlin, living just down the street from her, attending Penrose Elementary and Sabin Middle School with her. I was lucky enough to be in her grade school class from 3rd to 5th grade. Even back then, she had the 1000 watt smile that I see in her pictures today. Caitlin was one of the nicest and friendliest people I had the privilege of knowing and calling a friend during our schooling years. As we went to different high schools, we gradually lost touch, occasionally keeping up over Facebook. The last time I saw her was many years ago while I was attending CSU in Fort Collins. She was in town to visit friends of hers, and we happened to cross paths. She was still the kind soul that I had known from all those years prior. I’ll remember her infectious laugh, and be sure to look back through my old yearbooks as I remember my friend.
    My deepest condolences to her family.

  4. Bill, my deepest condolences on the loss of your daughter. May fond memories ease your pain.

  5. We love and will miss you so much, dearest Caitlin. But we will remember and cherish all the good times we spent with you over many years. Rest in peace, darling niece.
    Love, Aunt Sue and Uncle Gord.

  6. Literally one of my favorite people on cheer squad. Loved this girl! Rip Caitlin. ♥️

  7. I worked with Caitlin at Elements massage in Castle Rock. She was friendly and we loved working with her. RIP Caitlin, till we meet again.

  8. My sincere condolences to the Otto family and Cody Miller.
    I am Cody‘s Aunt Rosie, Caitlin was a big part of our family, Cody and Caitlin were at all of our family events, and celebrations.
    Caitlin is a bright light, and shined whenever she entered a room. She will always be in our hearts.
    We love and miss her, and she will never be forgotten.

  9. Caitlin was so full of light and joy, I worked with her for a short time and she impacted me in that small amount of time with her life and love for those around her. It’s clear she was a beautiful soul. I’m so sorry to hear of her passing.

  10. I used to work with her, she was so sweet and always smiling, so sad to hear this! Prayers to your family!

  11. Caitlin I love you. I’ll see you again one day my beautiful friend. I’ll never forget the beautiful times we had in the mountains. You are a beautiful soul.

  12. Dearest Caitlin , we will miss you forever – your warmth and caring and that wonderful smile of yours. Rest in peace, darling girl. Love, Uncle Gord and Aunt Sue.

  13. Cody and to Caitlin’s family –
    Cody I haven’t seen you for many years but please know you are all in my thoughts & prayers. May God comfort you during these difficult times. Sending our love – your family from Nebraska

  14. I’m so sorry to hear about her passing. I went to high school with Caitlin. She was always so nice to me in the halls always had a smile and always asked me how i was doing. Being shy and that coming from one of the most popular girls in school was so cool. I’m so saddened and shocked to hear of her passing!

  15. Sending my deepest sympathies to Caitlin’s family, friends, and all that knew her. She was the sweetest soul who had a smile that would light up the room! I was in the same class as her at Doherty, graduating in 2008. I’m very sad to hear of her passing. My prayers to all during this time.

  16. Our family will miss Caitlin so much! She was a shining star at many of our family get togethers and a great friend to all of us. We love you!
    The Andersons,
    Bill, Veronica, Beth, and Katie

  17. Cody and Caitlin’s family…

    We have gotten to know Cody for quite a few years. He feels like a grandson to us. He and Caitlin’s family will be in our prayers. May the memories of Caitlin help you through this time and may God lay his healing hand on you- Nanny and Pop

  18. I can’t believe she’s gone. I knew her in high school. She was so nice to me in high school i was so shy and quiet in high school and she always came up and said hi asked how i was doing. That comeing from the most popular girl in high school was real cool. So sorry for your loss she was a incredible young woman gone way to soon.

  19. I am so sorry to hear of Caitlin’s passing. Prayers for all of you.

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