‘Everyone loved Doug:’ Friends pay tribute to farmer killed in triple murder in farm field


MAZA, ND – The gem of a small farming community.

This is how a farmer is remembered after being the victim of a triple suicide on Monday August 29, in the middle of the harvest.

On a rural hill in southwestern Towner County, Pat Traynor and her son Patrick paused to pray as they watched the field of their good friend and fellow hunter Doug Dulmage.

Patrick had just been riding with Dulmage in his combine harvester a few days ago.

“He was a pillar of the community, it’s a total devastating loss,” Pat Traynor said. “He embodied what it was like to be in the country, in terms of friendliness, kindness, empathy, people helping each other.”

The husband and father of two daughters was shot and killed on Monday night while threshing wheat.

Three of his farmhands were also found shot about a third of a mile across the field.

These workers are linked to each other, but the police have not identified them.

The four bodies were found around 6 p.m., when the family of one of the farm workers came to see their loved one who had not returned.

Investigators aren’t releasing any information at this time and won’t comment on who pulled the trigger, but Dulmage’s family has been told it wasn’t him.

“It’s such an act of terrorism, it’s an act of terrorism that you don’t think about here,” Pat Traynor said.

Dulmage was the current chairman of the Benson County Farm Bureau and a first responder in his hometown of Leeds.

Pat Traynor remembers when Dulmage responded to his Fargo neighborhood during the 2009 flood.

“(He) arrived around four in the morning, and he worked for about 48 hours non-stop for our whole neighborhood, and installed pumps because we all thought we were going to lose our neighborhood,” he recalls.

Dulmage is remembered as a silent servant, a man with a great heart, always giving hope to others.

“He was a generous soul,” Pat Traynor said. “He did things under the radar. He was more of a low-key giver, but if he had his name on anything, it was only to encourage more people to give.”

A small farming community mourning the loss of its gem. Other farmers plan to help Dulmage’s family plow their fields.

“If we could all be a little more like Doug, the world would be a much better place,” Pat Traynor said.


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