Karl Dale Kleppinger Jr. - from Natchez, Mississippi - was 38 years old on the 20th of April, 2010. He and his wife, Tracy, had a son, Aaron.
It is believed that Karl died while working in the mud pit, where drilling materials are handled, or in a nearby shaker room.
For anyone wishing to donate in memory of Karl, the Kleppinger family asks that such donations be made to the Natchez Humane Society. According to the condolences/donations page, at Transocean, "Karl and his wife adopted all of their animals" from this organization.
Donations should be sent to this address:
Natchez Humane Society
"In Remembrance of Karl Kleppinger, Jr."
392 Liberty Road
Natchez, MS 39120
See, also, these pictures and brief bios of the other crew members who died in the explosion in my blog ARCHIVE