She was born June 8, 1950, to Kenneth and Kelly Foote of Santa Cruz, Calif. She graduated from Stranahan High School and attended Bremerton Community College, University of Alaska Southeast, and University of Alaska Anchorage.
She was an officer of the Southeast Aquatic Safety (SEAS) Dive Rescue Team and the Artificial Reef Society. She was an avid scuba diver and loved teaching children and adults. She began a ladies dive organization - The Go Divas - and dove regularly in Alaska. She and her husband, John, of 25 years, enjoyed traveling and took many people on diving trips around the world. She was happiest organizing diving journeys to Micronesia, Venezuela, Honduras, Mexico and other exotic destinations. She was responsible for Alaska's first artificial reef at Auke Village Recreation Area and had plans to expand the underwater park. She was the owner and general manager of Channel Dive Center; and the executive secretary for Alaska Department of Education, Commissioners Office and for the Juneau School District.
She is survived by her husband, John Lachelt of Juneau; mother, Kelly Foote of Port Orchard, Wash.; and brother, Kenneth Foote of Moline, IIl.
A celebration of life is pending and will be announced at a later date.
Memorial donations can be sent to Southeast Aquatic Safety, Alaska Artificial Reef Society, 8365 Old Dairy Rd., Juneau, AK 99801.