Clarke Doyle – Modern Family Tribute

(Last Updated On: May 1, 2017)

Who was Clarke Doyle? Clarke Doyle, who Modern Family dedicated an episode to, was born on January 19, 1986 in Arlington, Tarrant County, Texas, USA. He died on November 23, 2010 in Dripping Springs, TX after a five-year battle with cancer. Clarke was only 24.

Many of us first learned about Clarke Doyle’s death from the episode 221 of “Modern Family”. When asked about this Modern Family tribute, Danny Zuker, the producer of Modern Family confirmed that the dedication was indeed for this young man.

Why did Danny Zuker and the crew decide to dedicate an episode to Clarke Doyle? He was not a character on the show, nor had any part in the show. He was not a famous person or celebrity. When asked, Danny Zuker spoke about the people who left the world a little better than they found it, with a scant obituary and no one knowing anything of them. We have also learned that Clarke was family of one of the cast members.

Clarke Doyle graduated from St. Michael’s Catholic Academy, Austin in 2004. He attended Texas A&M University as a member of the Texas Aggie fighting class of 2008. His grandparents, Edna and Bernie Doyle, preceded him in death. Clarke Doyle is survived by his parents, Cynthia and Luke Doyle; sisters, Lindsay and Whitney; his grandparents, Mary Frances and Ben Doskocil; his longtime girlfriend, Jenni Sweitzer of Austin.

Clarke Doyle obituary was published in Austin American-Statesman and Star-Telegram on November 28, 2010. The funeral was held at St. John Neumann Catholic Church and St. Joseph Catholic Church, Arlington. Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Arlington. Interment followed at Calvary Cemetery in Mansfield.

For decades, special people have been memorialized in this way. The tribute was for this young man, but also for the millions of people who make a difference without cameras on them. Sadly, Clarke Doyle is not on the Modern Family IMDb wiki page as of yet.

Clarke was an an awesome young man. He had amazing courage in dealing with the cancer, and was an inspiration to everyone around him. He was a humorous, upbeat, brave, strong and beautiful person that blessed so many. We are inspired by Clarke Doyle ‘s strength and courage. Cynthia, Luke and family – our thoughts are with you. May God bless you.

On November 23, 2012 the family established the Clarke Doyle Memorial Fund with the Austin Community Foundation to honor Clarke’s life. This date marks two years since Clarke lost his battle with Ewing’s Sarcoma.

Clarke Doyle Modern Family dedication made this admirable young man known to more people. He will always be remembered as an inspiration.


  1. Ok, but who from the cast is he related to? It’s stated that “Clarke was family of one of the cast members.”, I’m curious who.

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