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Family and friends mourn U.S. Senate candidate killed in plane crash

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We're learning more about the local doctor and U.S. Senate candidate killed in a plane crash in Dubuque earlier this week.

59-year-old Doug Butzier died Monday night when his plane crashed in the yard of a residence on Military Lane in Dubuque. Butzier was a local emergency room physician at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. He was also the Libertarian candidate for the U.S. Senate. Butzier was returning from a campaign event in the Des Moines area Monday evening when the accident took place.

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board and FAA have been on the scene of the accident all week investigating. They have yet to determine the cause of the accident. On Saturday, the debris from the aircraft was no longer at the scene of the crash. Officials with the NTSB said the debris was relocated to a secure facility where an extensive analysis process then will begin.

On Saturday, dozens of friends and family of the Butziers gathered at the University of Dubuque Heritage Center for a memorial in honor of Doug Butzier. During the memorial, friends and family shared memories they had of the late doctor.

"I remember him saying to us while he was working as an EMT that he was as smart as some of those doctors that he ran into," said Doug Butzier's brother, Dave Butzier, "He said he could be an ER doctor."

Butzier served as an ER physician at Mercy Medical Center for nearly 17 years. Mark Singsank said he was the one that hired Butzier.

"We spent a lot of hours together. We would work for 6-8 hours together and we would talk and talk," said Singsank.

Singsank said Butzier always tried to teach others about what was going on in the ER facility and make as many people as he could laugh.

"He could make an outrageous statement and he knew it was a joke. He knew he would just string people along and he could keep a straight face. He would just string them along and along. I mean this would go on for hours, until he would finally admit that he had it wrong," said Singsank.

Besides his family, family and friends say Butzier's true passion was aviation.

"He would jump at any opportunity to take anyone and everyone on a scenic excursion of the sky," said Dave Butzier.

Since voting for the November election has already begun, Butzier's name will remain on the ballot as the candidate for the Libertarian Party.

If Butzier had been registered as a Democrat or Republican, the race would have been invalidated and a special election would have been set for December.

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