John Laird, the chief operating officer of Longust Distributing (Mesa, Ariz.), died April 1 from pancreatic cancer. He was 53.

Laird served as an associate of Longust for more than 30 years, working in both sales and sales management before becoming the company’s acting COO.

He is survived by his wife and daughter. Donations in Laird’s memory may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.