Wouldn’t you agree that the footer should be built into every page template by default and if someone wants to remove it, they should be able to do so within the theme options panel (or the individual page)?
I personally think the pages don’t look right without the footer. All of my pages have a footer besides the pages that are created using the Blog or Portfolio templates which doesn’t make sense if you’re a Web Designer.
I would imagine that most Web Designers/Developers would agree. Hopefully you do as well.