The Legendary Douglas Raymond Farnik

September 18th, 2018

Our beloved boss passed away and he will be greatly missed. We are thankful for his life and for sharing his wisdom with us so we can continue the business that he created that has served so many. RIP Doug, we love you.

The legendary Douglas Raymond Farnik, age 70, passed away Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, from a severe heart attack at his home in Joshua Tree.

Doug was born in Havre, Montana, on Feb. 23, 1948, son of Joseph and Dorothy Farnik.

He was raised on a farm 8 miles north of a small rural town, Hingham, population 150.

He loved animals: cows, pigs, chickens, his horse Sye and especially dogs. He helped his dad on the wheat farm from an early age, learning to operate all kinds of equipment. His mother, Dorothy, started him playing the keyboards at age 9, going 100 miles one way to Great Falls once a week for lessons. Doug played organ at Inverness Supper Club with his mother on Saturday nights when he was a teenager. He continued to perform and played almost every weekend and New Year’s Eve until recent years.

He graduated high school from Hingham High in 1966. He played basketball, did many science projects and acted in several plays. His high school selected Doug to go to Montana Boys State. American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students.

He attended the College of Great Falls and the University of Montana in Missoula to pursue his pharmacy degree while playing music at country clubs and bars, making many lifelong friends. In Missoula, the band OPUS 3 was formed. In 1969, the OPUS 3 moved to the LA area to join a show band called The Rising Generation, which toured the United States and Canada and appeared with Tennessee Ernie Ford and Red Skelton. The Rising Generation did a USO tour during the Vietnam War where he played in Guam, the Philippines, Korea and Japan.

In 1972, he began his career in the appliance/central air, construction business, which he has been currently running for over 45 years. In 1983, he married the love of his life, JoNell, while living in Whittier. In 1990, they moved to Joshua Tree, and continued to live in both cities for 28 years.

He enjoyed cooking, reading, gardening, entertaining, traveling, mentoring, solving problems, building houses and listening to jazz music and was a private pilot. His travels and cruises took him all over the world and he especially enjoyed the Czech Republic’s food and beer; that was where his grandfather immigrated from. Most of all, Doug enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially the grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife, JoNell; his children, Jennifer Ciccone (Harold), Jimmy Meyer, Melody Farnik and Billy Meyer (Sarah); his brothers Jerome (Marilyn) and Michael (Denise); nine grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, brother Eddy and his favorite dog, Togo.

A celebration of Doug’s life will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Sportsman’s Club at 6225 Sunburst St., in Joshua Tree.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Doug to his daughter’s nonprofit: animalactionleague.us or P.O. Box 1413, Joshua Tree, CA 92252.

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Are Rooftop Units the Best Choice for Businesses?

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The short answer to this question is, “yes, probably!” But don’t worry, we’ll elaborate a bit more.

When you need to provide effective and efficient heating or cooling to your commercial space, rooftop units are the most popular choice. You’re already familiar with them, even if you’re not aware you are. You’ve seen them on top of buildings, if not in downtown areas or business parks then on TV or in the movies. These systems are common for a reason! We’re about to tell you why…

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Why Does SEER Matter When Choosing a New AC?

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Summer is just about upon us, and temperatures are already warming up. Now is the time to make sure that you and your home are prepared, by either scheduling routine maintenance for your air conditioner or buying a new air conditioner if your aging system is signaling that it’s about to call it quits. But there are a number of factors to consider before purchasing an air conditioner and scheduling its insulation. The type of system it is, the size, and the SEER rating are all factors to pay attention to.

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Can a UV Air Purifier Really Improve Your Indoor Air Quality?

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The short answer to this is “yes” but don’t worry, we’ll elaborate further!

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First, it’s important that we stress why your indoor air quality matters. Too many homeowners hear the phrase indoor air quality and think that it just means ensuring the temperatures are right in your home. This is certainly an important part of your indoor air quality, but it’s not the only part by any means.

When we talk about your indoor air quality, we’re talking about the temperature, the humidity levels, and the level of contaminants in your home. Did you know that without the right indoor air quality products and services in place, the air inside your home can be more polluted than that of outdoors? This is because of how homes are built today—they use tight construction to allow for ideal HVAC efficiency, but this isn’t great news for your indoor air quality. A UV air purifier is one of the many solutions that can help with this! Read on to learn more.

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How can you ensure this is the case? Well first off, if you haven’t already scheduled air conditioner maintenance, now is the time. Maintenance allows our technicians to fully inspect, clean, and adjust the components of your air conditioner to ensure that it works as effectively and efficiently as possible for as long as possible.

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Did you know that the quality of the air in your home could actually be worse than the quality of the air outdoors? In fact, this is true for most homes—especially those that don’t have the right indoor air quality solutions in place.

Today’s modern homes are designed with air conditioning and heating efficiency in mind. This means that they are built tightly so they don’t let any conditioned air out, or outside air into the home. This is fantastic for your HVAC costs every year, but it’s not great for your air quality. Among the numerous products and services we have to help with this is a whole-house air purifier.

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There are contaminants and allergens to consider, as well as humidity levels. These all play a role in not only your household’s comfort but the efficiency and efficacy of your HVAC systems, too. Reach on to learn more…

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4 Ways to Improve Commercial Indoor Air Quality

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Fortunately, we provide a number of solutions to your indoor air quality needs here at Greenleaf. You may find one of them to be the solution you need or you could discover you need some combination of them. Read on to learn about four specific ways you can improve the commercial indoor air quality of your property!

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Heating in Long Beach, CA, may not be as hot a topic as air conditioning. Summer weather is just more extreme than our winters are. But that is definitely no excuse for excusing problems with your home heating system. And that includes unusually high heating costs! If you’re paying too much for your heating when you use it, it doesn’t really matter how much you use it.

Heating doesn’t come for free, but it shouldn’t be a financial drain, either. In today’s blog post, we are going to look at some of the ways in which you can help to keep your home heating costs in check. When temperatures are too cold for comfort, we want you to reach for the thermostat without fear of the bill that is going to be coming your way next month.

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Too many homeowners think that the temperature of the air in their homes is the end all, be of all of their comfort experience. 

To this we say—enough! Stop overlooking the quality of the air in your home.

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