Michael was born in Worcester, MA to Daniel and Carol (Sloan) Conlin. He attended Assumption Prep and graduated from Williston Northampton School where he excelled at cross country and track. He attended UMass and pursued an avid study of Irish language at the Elms, in Ireland, and at schools and conferences throughout the northeast.
Many remember Michael for his work in scouting. He was scoutmaster for TR 110 in Westfield, and founded and led TR 210 in Southampton. He received the Silver Beaver award for his work creating and implementing the Chief Warner Jr. Leader Training program.